Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Guan Yu (Chinese Deity) - (Seated Posture)

ཀོན་ཀོང་། རྒྱ་རིགས་སྲུང་མ་དམག་དཔོན། 关公(汉地户法)
(item no. 88591)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Anna Maria Rossi & Fabio Rossi
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: King

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Guan Yu: a Chinese General that became deified and absorbed into folk Buddhism and Taoism.

General Guan Yu sits in a stately posture with the two legs forward atop a tiger skin and traditional Chinese throne. The consort sits to the side. At the top center is Changkya Rolpai Dorje (1717-1786). Changkya is often identified by the large swelling (goitre) on the proper right side of his face. At the left side is the 3rd Panchen Lama Palden Yeshe (1738-1780). At the top right side is the 8th Dalai Lama Jampal Gyatso (1543-1588).

Four attendant Horsemen are depicted above, at the sides and below the central figure of Guan Yu.

Jeff Watt 3-2016

Secondary Images
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Collection of Anna Maria Rossi & Fabio Rossi
Chinese Deity: Guan Yu Main Page
Painting Style: Qianlong Period Painting Style
Chinese Deity: Guan Yu Masterworks