Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Drala Brothers (Nine)

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 90705)
Origin Location Mongolia
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Buddhist
Size 67.31x48.26cm (26.50x19in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line 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

Dralha (Enemy God) surrounded by eight attendants.

Regal in appearance, with a moustache and goatee, the right arm is raised holding a riding crop and the left holds a lasso at the heart. Dressed in the garb of a warrior with a helmet and armor, a sword, bow and quiver of arrows hang at the waist. Seated atop a white horse, his head is ringed with a dark green areola.

Eight identical attendant figures accompany Dralha. At the top center is the wrathful bodhisattva Vajrapani, blue, with one face and two hands, standing in a heap of blazing orange fire. Various offerings and wild animals fill the green mountainous foreground.

Jeff Watt 2-2000

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