Himalayan Art Resources

Collection: Bonhams London (Controversial Paintings)

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In the bottom corners of the two paintings there is a depiction of the highly controversial protector deity Dorje Shugden.

In composition HAR #2191 the image of Dorje Shugden is at the bottom right side. For HAR #2200 the image of the deity is at the bottom left side with a photo-realistic image of the teacher Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo at the upper middle left side.

Whitish in colour with one face and two hands he holds in the right a curved sword with a vajra handle. In the left hand is a human heart. He is slightly fierce with three staring eyes and a gaping mouth with the canine teeth exposed. Richly attired in monastic robes, silk brocades, and a golden yellow riding hat of Chinese origin, he is completely surrounded by flames. The mount is a mythical Tibetan snow lion, white with a green-blue mane, fierce in appearance with a snarling face - gazing up at Dorje Shugden as an expression of respect.

Jeff Watt 2-2017