Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Garuda - (Nine Faces, Eighteen Hands)

ཁྱུང་། བོན་ལྷ། 大鹏(苯教本尊)
(item no. 89751)
Date Range 1300 - 1399
Lineages Kagyu and Buddhist
Collection Rob Linrothe - photographs
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Animal-Feature

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Black Garuda, Nine Headed, Eighteen Armed.

Each of the nine heads depicts that of a different coloured garuda bird. Starting at the top left the colours appear to be black, white, black followed by green, red, yellow and then white, black and red. The two main hands hold a vajra and bell. Each of the other hands holds a different symbolic attribute along with the tail of eighteen naga serpents positioned to the right and left, turned to face the deity, and paying veneration with the hands folded at the heart. This mural is located near Phyang Monastery, a Drigung Kagyu establishment founded in 1515.

Also see a Naxi painting with the same Garuda subject and another painting with a detail that appears to depict the same Garuda with nine faces and eighteen hands.

Jeff Watt 9-2008

(Guru Lakang, near Phyang, Ladakh, India. Photograph Rob Linrothe. Demonic Divine, Himalayan Art and Beyond. Rob Linrothe and Jeff Watt. Rubin Museum of Art, 2004).

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Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Garuda Art History
Buddhist Deity: Garuda (9 Faces, 18 Hands)
Buddhist & Hindu Deity: Garuda Masterworks
Buddhist & Hindu Deity: Garuda Main Page
Subject: Winged Deities (Bon & Buddhist)
Subject: Bird Symbolism
Buddhist Deity: Garuda, Black
Collection: Private 1