Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Dorje Shugden

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 89176)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1900 - 1959
Size 61x46.50cm (24.02x18.31in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: Tibetan Painting, The Jucker Collection
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Dorje Shugden (English: the Vajra Possessing Strength): worldly protector of the Gelugpa School. (See the Dorje Shugden Main Page and Outline Page).

Dark red in colour with one face and two hands he holds in the right a curved sword with a vajra handle. In the left hand is a human heart with a mongoose perched on the left forearm and a vajra hook leaning against the shoulder. He is very fierce with three red glaring eyes and a gaping mouth with the canine teeth exposed. Richly attired in monastic robes, silk brocades, and a yellow riding hat of Chinese origin, he is completely surrounded by orange flames. The mount is a mythical Tibetan snow lion, white with a green-blue mane, fierce in appearance with a snarling face.

Jeff Watt 2-2019

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

Secondary Images
Related Items
Collection: Sotheby's New York (Painting. March, 2019)

Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Dorje Shugden Main Page
Collection of Jucker (Tibetan Art)
Buddhist Deity: Dorje Shugden Riding a Lion
Buddhist Deity: Dorje Shugden (Wrathful)