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The Copper Mountain of Padmasambhava
Guru Rinpoche

Artist/maker unknown, Mongolian

Made in Mongolia, Asia
or Tibet, Asia

c. 19th - early 20th century

Colors on cloth; cloth mounting

Image: 25 1/4 x 17 1/2 inches (64.1 x 44.5 cm) Mount: 46 1/2 x 27 inches (118.1 x 68.6 cm) Frame: 47 1/2 × 28 1/2 × 1 inches (120.7 × 72.4 × 2.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Natacha Rambova, 1960

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Padmasambhava was an Indian guru who came to Tibet in the eighth century and fused Mahayana Buddhism with the native Tibetan religion, Pön, to form Lamaism. He is shown here in his domain on the rocky island of the "copper-colored mountain" that rises out of the ocean. Flanked by his two consorts and eight other aspects, he has his disciples before him.