Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Refuge Field, Gelug (Circular & Block Print Images)

Circular & Block Print Images | Refuge Field Gelug Main Page

The design for this style of Refuge Field composition likely originates in the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery of Shigatse and based on the artistic and iconographic tradition of Konchog Gyaltsen (student of Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen). In the block print image (HAR #71968) the previous incarnations of the Panchen Lamas are depicted above the tree on the right and left sides. Of the images exhibited below, some are direct copies (HAR #74089, 571) from the wood block and others are based upon the wood block composition (HAR #94331, 64604). Composition HAR #87209 has swapped the central figure of Tsongkapa for the image of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Jeff Watt [updated 12-2018]