Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsongkapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 90748)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Tibet House, New York
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P64

Interpretation / Description

Tsongkapa, Mahasiddha (1357-1419): as he appeared in a vision to his main disciple Kedrub Geleg Pal Zangpo (1385-1438). (See the Tsongkapa Five Forms Main Page).

Tsongkapa Biographical Details

The standard form of Tsongkapa appears at the top center, along with two other visionary forms at the right and left. Tsongkapa as a mahasiddha is depicted as the large central figure and the fifth form of Tsongkapa is located at the bottom center.

The meditational deity Ekavira Vajrabhairava stands at the lower center. The Eighty-four Mahasiddhas of India according to the system of Vajrasana fill the foreground and background, each with a name inscription written in gold lettering.

Numbered List:
1. Je Tsongkapa
2. Je Tsongkapa Riding an Elephant
3. Je Tsongkapa as Manjushri Riding a Lion
4. Je Tsongkapa as a Mahasiddha
5. Je Tsongkapa on a Throne Supported by Gods
6. Vajrabhairava, Ekavira
7. Khedrubje Geleg Pal Zangpo
8. Gomchung Ritru Shab (donor)
Blue Figures: the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas (Vajrasana System)

Jeff Watt 2-2000 [updated 1-2012]

Secondary Images
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Subject: Greyscale - Figurative & General Composition
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