Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Ratnasambhava Buddha - (Buddha Appearance)

སངས་རྒྱས་རིན་ཆེན་འབྱུང་གནས། 宝生佛
(item no. 865)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Size 84.46x69.85cm (33.25x27.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1999.17.3
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Ratnasambhava Buddha and consort (Tibetan: rin chen jung den, sang gye) and below is Ratna Heruka and consort surrounded by retinue figures. As one of the five principal buddhas within Vajrayana Buddhism, he represents the qualities of enlightenment and governs the southern quarter of a mandala. Along the bottom and filling the foreground are gruesome and detailed hell scenes.

This painting is from a larger set of at least five paintings depicting the Buddhas and peaceful and wrathful deities (Tib.: shi tro) of thr Guhyagarbha mandala.

Jeff Watt 11-2000

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