Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Nagaraksha (Buddhist Deity)

ཀླུའི་བདག་པོ། ནང་ལྷ། 龙王(佛教本尊)
(item no. 91021)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Nyingma
Size 66.04x43.18cm (26x17in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Erie Art Museum
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Manjushri Nagaraksha, Wrathful (Tibetan: jam pal lui drag po). Fearsome in appearance, dark blue in colour with nine faces and eighteen hands, large wings unfurl behind and the lower body is that of a naga (serpent); completely surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness. At the top center is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara with the peaceful bodhisattva Manjushri to the left and Padmasambhava to the right. Below, in the middle is a Black Garuda deity. At the right is Hayagriva and on the left wrathful Vajrapani.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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Tradition: Nyingma Deity Paintings
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