Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Prajnaparamita (Buddhist Deity)

ཤེ་རབ་ཀྱི་ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ་ཕྱིན་པ། ནང་ལྷ། 般若波罗蜜多(佛教本尊)
(item no. 91051)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma
Size 114.30x73.66cm (45x29in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Erie Art Museum
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Prajnaparamita (pa rol tu chin pa. English: the Perfection of Wisdom): the personification of both the Prajnaparamita Sutra text and the concept of emptiness.

Yellow in colour with a peaceful appearance, she has one face and four hands. The first pair performs the mudra (gesture) of meditative equipoise in the lap and the second right holds a sword upraised and the second left a book.

At the top center is the Buddha Amitabha and at the bottom center Green Tara. Various lamas wearing monastic robes are portrayed at the sides.

Jeff Watt 10-2000

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