Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Eight Pronouncement Deities

བཀའ་བརྒྱད་ལྷ་ཚོགས། 八大法行
(item no. 90543)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Wrathful Heruka Deity from the Nyingma 'Revealed Treasure' Tradition. This composition belongs to a nine painting set depicting a version of the Eight Prouncement Deities (ka gye).

Fearsome in appearance, dark blue in colour, he has three faces and six hands, the first pair holding a curved knife and skullcup - embracing the consort. Atop various figures, a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus flower he is encircled by twists and coils of red flame. Numerous attendant wrathful figures hover in the surrounding sky.

At the top are various lamas, deities, a Buddha and Padmasambhava. At the bottom center is a wrathful protector with one face and two hands.

Jeff Watt 5-2000

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