Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Situ Panchen 8, Chokyi Jungne

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 81546)
Origin Location Tibet
Lineages Kagyu, Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P956

Interpretation / Description

Chokyi Jungne, 8th Tai Situ (1700-1774). At the bottom center is Situ Panchen wearing a red hat. His proper right hand is extended across the knee with the palm open and face up in the gesture of generosity. The left hand held at the heart gently holds the stem of a lotus flower supporting a sword standing on the hilt with the blade pointing to the sky. The two legs are folded in vajra posture as he sits atop a monk's requisite meditation mat.

Descending at the left are Arya Nagarjuna with a translucent halo, Vasubandhu with the left hand raised, Chandrakirti with the right hand raised and Maitripa holding a pen and paper.

Descending at the left is Oddiyana Padma holding a vajra and skullcup, Gunaprabha holding a begging bowl in the upraised left hand, Naropa wearing monks robes and a red pandita hat, Vidyadhara Manjukirti in the garb of a king and the mahasiddha Virupa adorned with a garland of flowers and seated on a deer skin.

Each figure is accompanied by an inscription written in gold. Along the bottom are verse praises to each of the teachers depicted in the composition.

There are two other known compositions similar to this, the first is in the Hahn collection and the second in the Rubin Museum of Art collection.

Jeff Watt 10-2005

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Collection of The Ashmolean Museum Main Page (Painting)
Teacher: Tai Situ 8 Chokyi Jungne Main Page
Incarnation Lineage: Tai Situ Main Page
Painting Style: Palpung Monastery
Painting Sets: Singles (Ashmolean)
Painting Style: Palpung - Teachers & Siddhas
Collection of Ashmolean Museum (Painting Masterworks & Unique Subjects, 多種科目)
Painting Set: Situ Panchen (Lineage of Teachings)