Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Panchen Lama 3, Lobzang Palden Yeshe

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 85357)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Newark Museum
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P168

Interpretation / Description

Lobzang Palden Yeshe, the 3rd Panchen Lama (1738-1780): composition number #1 (center) belonging to a three painting set based on the iconography and style of the Nartang block print thirteen painting set of the incarnation lineage of the Panchen Lamas. (See the Nartang Panchen iconographhy page).

(This composition has not yet been located).

The center composition of the three painting set would depict Lobzang Palden Yeshe, the 3rd Panchen Lama (1738-1780). At his right side would be Subhuti [1] and on the left Yashas/Manjukirti [2].

In each of the three compositions there are three levels of visual hierarchy. First is the largest figure at the center. Secondly, there are the four smaller figures of pre-incarnations in the right and left paintings and the two side figures of the center painting. Thirdly, there are the small depictions of the accompanying figures that are found in the Nartang block print compositions. In those paintings there is always a teacher above at the right or left, a meditational deity above, and at the bottom a wisdom or worldly protector deity. All of these Nartang secondary and tertiary elements are contained in the three painting set depicted here. Each and every figure found in the Nartang compositions are repeated here in detail in this very crowded composition.

Jeff Watt 8-2013

Related Items
Thematic Sets
Painting Set: Panchen Lama (Newark Museum, Set 1)
Teacher: Panchen Lama 3 (6), Lobzang Palden Yeshe