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Buddhist Worldly Protector: Tsangpa Karpo Main Page

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Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Tsangpa Karpo Description (below)
- Masterworks
- Confusions
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Characteristics & Attributes:
- Warrior Appearance
- Three eyes or two eyes
- White turban
- White Conch head ornament
- Right Hand: sword, riding crop, spear
- Left Hand: lasso, bowl of jewels, mongoose, flag, spear
- Horse mount: white, brown, black
- White bird overhead

There does not yet appear to be an iconographic consistency in the paintings depicting Tsangpa Karpo. The most repeated features are the overall Warrior Appearance atop a horse and the white conch shell on the top of the head. All of the other attributes can vary individually or in there combinations. A figure very similar in appearance to Tsangpa Karpo is Chingkarwa.

Jeff Watt 1-2016