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Panchen Chos rgyan (blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan) with Ksharpana Avalokiteshvara and White Six-Armed Mahakala

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in eastern Tibet, Tibet, Asia

19th century

Colors on cloth

29 1/2 × 19 3/8 inches (74.9 × 49.2 cm) Mount: 29 1/2 × 19 3/8 × 5/16 inches (74.9 × 49.2 × 0.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Natacha Rambova, 1961

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This lama, or spiritual teacher, from Tashilhunpo monastery, holds a damaru (drum) and a vajra (a scepter representing enlightenment) in his right hand while his left holds a bell. These three ritual objects, including the sacred gestures being enacted by the teacher, are essential elements of Tibetan Buddhist ritual and practice. Above, on the left, is a Yellow Cap Order monk holding a vajra. On the right is the Bodhisattva Khasarpani Avalokiteshvara. Mahakala, one of the dharmapalas (defenders of the Buddhist teachings), is at the bottom.