Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Chingkarwa, Genyen

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 90704)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Size 60.96x48.26cm (24x19in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Tibet House, New York
Catalogue # Gift of Shelley & Donald Rubin
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Warrior

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Mountain Deity, a subjugated indigenous god of Tibet, possibly the Tibetan worldly god Chingkarwa.

Semi-wrathful in appearance, white in colour with one face and two hands, he holds a stick upraised in the right and the left extended downward with the palm facing outward in a gesture of generosity. Richly attired and riding a white horse, he is surrounded by orange and red flames.

At the top center is the tutelary deity red Hayagriva. Gelugpa lamas sit at the sides. At the bottom are the wealth deities Yellow Jambhala at the left and Black Jambhala standing at the right.

Jeff Watt 2-2000

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