|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Tibet House, New York|
Begtse Chen (Sanskrit: Prana Atma. English: the Great Coat of Mail): protector for the Hayagriva cycle of tantric practice.
Tibetan: Begtse Chen
Fearsome in appearance, red in colour, he has a wide gaping mouth, three eyes, with a yellow beard, eyebrows and hair flowing upward like flame. The right hand holds upraised a sword tipped with flames. The left held up to the mouth clutches a fresh heart. In the bend of the elbow is a lance with a red pendant, a bow and arrow. The head is adorned with a crown of five dry skulls, earrings and around the neck a garland of freshly severed heads. The body is attired in the garb of a warrior, layered in garments of various colours, and fitted with brocade boots. The right leg is bent treading on a horse and the left straight atop a human figure, sun disc and pink lotus blossom, he is surrounded by swirling clouds of black smoke.
At the middle right is the consort with a red face and blue body, riding a bear. On the left is the son, appearing as a 'tsen' daemon warrior, riding a black wolf. Various wrathful attendant figures along with Rahula with nine faces and the mountain deity Machen Pomra occupy the foreground.
At the top center is a lama wearing monastic robes and a yellow meditation cloak. The right is raised in the mudra of blessing and the left placed in the lap. Wearing a yellow cap, he sits on a cushion seat, with the head encircled by a red aureola.
Jeff Watt 2-2000