Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Peaceful Deity (Bon) - (unidentified)

ཞི་ལྷ། བོན་ལུགས། 静天(苯教本尊)
(item no. 85598)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Bon and Buddhist
Material Metal, Mercuric Gild
Collection Ligmincha Institute - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Chime Yabse Shi: belonging to the Treasure tradition of Dorje Lingpa, this 'terma' was discovered in Bhutan and in practiced in both the Bon and Buddhist religions.

The male deity has three faces and six hands embracing a consort. The male figure and central face represents Drenpa Namka and the two side faces represent Tsewang Rigdzin and Yungdrung Tongdrol - the two sons. The consort is the wife and mother of the two boys (side faces). Four distinct identities and personalities are depicted in the one image. This is very unusual in Buddhist or Bon iconography where usually one, or possibly two entities are depicted (yab-yum). In many cases with con-joined tantric figures the two represent the opposites and the coming together of opposites not necessarily two separate distinct beings with personalities and self identities.

Jeff Watt 12-2010

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