Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Palden Tsultrim

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 86902)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Size 77.77x65.07cm (30.62x25.62in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection The Brooklyn Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc. #BMA 77.257.4, Anonymous gift
Painting School Ngor
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Palden Tsultrim (1330-1399). A Lama of the Lamdre lineage of the Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a principal teacher to the famous Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, founder of the Ngor sub-school of Sakya. This painting belongs to a large set of compositions. (See other paintings from the same set).

Biographical Details

At the top center is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara. The surrounding figures at the top and sides are the lineal teachers of the Vajra Ghantapa lineage of the deity Chakrasamvara and related Tantric texts. Along the bottom are various forms of Manjushri, Amitayus and White Tara. (The 2 paintings of the Brooklyn collection belong to a much larger and well known set of Lamdre Lineage paintings).

Jeff Watt 3-2002

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