Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Padmasambhava

པད་མ་འབྱུང་གནས། 莲花生大士
(item no. 90204)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Nyingma
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Moke Mokotoff
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Padmasambhava (Tibetan: pe ma jung ne, English: the One Arisen from a Lotus): the central founder of Buddhism in Tibet.

Pemasambhava Pema Jungne Biographical Details

Unusually dark in complexion, he holds upraised in the right hand a gold vajra scepter. The left hand supports a white skullcup and longevity vase in the lap. Wearing the three religious robes, the head is adorned with the lotus crown. In a relaxed posture with the left leg slightly extended atop a white moon disc and multi-coloured lotus blossom he is surrounded by a blue nimbus and green aureola both edged with gold and encrusted with red and blue wish-fulfilling gems. 356 identical forms of Padmasambhava each attired in variously coloured garments surround the central figure.

Jeff Watt 4-2000

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: The Lord, Great Teacher, of All Conquerors.

Wylie Transliteration of Inscription: rgyal ba kun gyi ma ha gu ru rje

Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (Cursive script (Umay), is black, includes additional imagery)

Secondary Images
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