Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama)

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 89148)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Size 90x70cm (35.43x27.56in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Gold Background on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Interpretation / Description

Sakya Lotsawa Jampai Dorje 1485-1533, ('jam dbyangs kun dga' bsod nams grags pa rgyal mtshan) the 22nd Throne Holder of Sakya (See a page of image details, biography, bibliographic details TBRC P461).

At the center of the painting is Jampai Dorje depicted with an older visage and wearing a rounded red pandita hat typical of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. His right hand is held at the heart in a gesture of blessing and the left folded in the lap supporting a religious text with a partially legible title page. Wearing finely decorated robes he sits atop a lotus and Chinese style throne with an ornate backrest.

The large seated figure immediately to the left of Jampai Dorje is Panchen Dragpa Dorje. At the right is Lowo Kenchen Sonam Lhundrub.

At the top center is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara. In the left corner are the Tibetan teachers Jamyang Sherab Rinchen and Je Konchog Pel. In the right corner are Drubchen Chagna Dorje and Dagchen Cho [portion of name effaced].

At the bottom left is the wealth deity Yellow Jambhala, richly attired, holding a bijapuraka fruit in the right hand and mongoose in the left. At the bottom right is Yellow Vasudhara with the left hand extended in the gesture of generosity and the left holding a stalk of grain.

Jeff Watt 3-2006

Tibetan Paintings by Hugo E. Kreijger (list of image plates)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Mirror of the Buddha

Publication: Tibetan Painting (Jucker Collection)

Thematic Sets
Painting Set: Sakya Gold Ground (Series)
Painting Type: Gold Ground Masterworks
Collection of RMA: Historically Important Works
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 4
Collection of RMA: Best of Collection 2
Collection of RMA: Ngor Style Paintings
Subject: Ngor Tradition (Teachers)
Subject: Ngor Masterworks
Painting: Portraits Page
Collection of Jucker (Tibetan Art)
Painting Tradition: Menri
Collection of RMA: Painting Masterworks Page
Collection of RMA: Persons Masterworks
Collection of RMA: Red & Gold Ground Masterworks
Teacher: Khon (Masterworks)
Collection of RMA: Gold Ground Masterworks (Menri Style)
Teacher: Sakya (Masterworks)
Subject: Throne, Gyantse Style
Tradition: Sakya Teachers