Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shenlha Okar (Bon Deity)

གཤེན་ལྷ་ འོད་དཀར། བདེར་གཤེགས་གཙོ་བོ་བཞིའི་ནང་ཚན། 辛拉沃噶(苯教四大如来之一)
(item no. 86934)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Size 77.47x62.99cm (30.50x24.80in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection The Brooklyn Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc. #BMA 77.134, Gift of John Davis Hatch
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Shenlha Okar (English: the White Light God of Shen [Priests]): surrounded by 250 Enlightened Ones (Tibetan: sang gye), emanations of himself. He belongs to the set of Four Transcendent Ones.

Peaceful in appearance, white in colour, he rests with both hands placed in the gesture of meditation in the lap. Adorned with a crown of gold, jewels and ribbons, he wears earrings, necklaces bracelets and anklets about the body. A dark green scarf covers the shoulders. The lower body is wrapped with a red skirt. Atop a green, red and orange lotus and elephant supported throne he is surrounded by a blue nimbus and pink aureola of light. Attendant figures stand at the sides. An elaborate backrest of flowers, white snow lions, dragons, makaras and a garuda completely encircle the central figure.

Two hundred and fifty identical figures are arranged in rows, in various colours. At the bottom center is Tonpa Shenrab in a standing posture. Below that is a wrathful protector deity, blue, with nine heads and eighteen hands, encircled by orange flame.

Jeff Watt 3-2002

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