Himalayan Art Resources

Teacher: Onpo Pal (Front Inscription)

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Inscription on the Front:

An inscription appears on the front of the composition directly below the lotus seat. It reads in Tibetan - bla ma rin po che dbon po dpal gyi thugs dam lags - which can be interpreted to mean the 'mind pledge of the precious teacher Onpo Pal.' That very inscription has also been identified on several more paintings. It cannot be known exactly when the front inscription was added to the composition but it is likely it was placed there in the last half of the 13th century by students of Sanggye Yarjon. Other inscriptions are located on the reverse of the composition such as auspicious mantras, dharanis and well known verses.

Jeff Watt [added 9-2022]