|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Lineages||Drukpa (Kagyu) and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
Mahabala (Tib.: tob po che. Eng.: Great Strength).
"The world frightening Mahabala, [with] a body red in colour, one face and four hands. The two right [hands] hold a white stick and a white fly-whisk. The two left, in a bowing manner and a wrathful [gesture] together with a lasso. Having three eyes and bared fangs. Brown hair bristling upwards. Having ornaments of snake and a lower garment of tiger skin. Standing in the middle of red rays of light in a manner with the left leg extended." (Extracted from the text A Lamp Removing Obscurations by Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub. Also, see An Ocean of Methods of Accomplishment).
"Mahabala, red in colour [like] the rays of the sun, with one face and four hands. The right hold a stick and a fly-whisk. The [two] left are in a bowing manner and a wrathful gesture together with a lasso; wearing a tiger skin and standing with the left leg extended." (The 9th Je Kenpo of Bhutan, Shakya Rinchen, 1710-1759).
Tibetan Painting by Hugo E. Kreijger (list of image plates).
Jeff Watt 6-2006
Region: Bhutan: Painting & Textile Masterworks
Region: Bhutan, Deities
Tradition: Drugpa Kagyu Main Page
Subject: Deity Colours - Red (Powerful Activities)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 4
Collection of Jucker (Tibetan Art)
Subject: Arms of Deities (Numbers)
Region: Bhutan, Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Mahabala Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Red Wrathful Appearance
Buddhist Deity: Red Wrathful Appearance (Male)
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Bhutan
Painting Set: Sadhanamala (Drugpa Kagyu)