Himalayan Art Resources

Blockprints: Panchen Lama (Nartang Block Print Set)

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The lineage of Panchen Lamas include pre-incarnations beginning with Subhuti, a direct disciple of the Buddha. The Nartang Block Print set was likely created at the time of the 2nd or 3rd Panchen Lama. Certainly there is evidence for the original set ending with the forward facing 2nd Panchen Lama Lobzang Yeshe. Images of a forward facing figure were also created for the 3rd and 4th Panchen Lamas.

List of Images in the Nartang Set:
1. Subhuti, right 1st
2. King Yashas, left 1st
3. Bhavaviveka, right 2nd
4. Abhayakaragupta, left 2nd
5. Go Lotsawa, right 3rd
6. Sakya Pandita, left 3rd
7. Dorje Pal, right 4th
8. Kedrub Geleg Pal Zangpo, left 4th
9. Sonam Choglang, right 5th
10. Lobsang Dondrub, left 5th
11. Lobzang Chokyi Gyaltsen, 1st Panchen, right 6th
12. Lobzang Yeshe, 2nd Panchen, left 6th
13. Lobzang Palden Yeshe, 3rd Panchen, right 7th
14. Lobzang Tenpai Nyima, 4th Panchen, left 7th

Right Side of the Central Figure:
1. Subhuti, right 1st
3. Bhavaviveka, right 2nd
5. Go Lotsawa, right 3rd
7. Dorje Pal, right 4th
9. Sonam Choglang, right 5th
11. Lobzang Chokyi Gyaltsen, 1st Panchen, right 6th
13. Lobzang Palden Yeshe, 3rd Panchen, right 7th

Left Side of the Central Figure:
2. King Yashas, left 1st
4. Abhayakaragupta, left 2nd
6. Sakya Pandita, left 3rd
8. Kedrub Geleg Pal Zangpo, left 4th
10. Lobsang Dondrub, left 5th
12. Lobzang Yeshe, 2nd Panchen, left 6th
14. Lobzang Tenpai Nyima, 4th Panchen, left 7th

These blockprint images were first published by Giuseppe Tucci (1894-1984) in the publication Tibetan Painted Scrolls (1949) in three volumes.

Jeff Watt 10-2004 [updated 7-2013]