Object Place: Tibet
55.5 x 37.5 cm (21 7/8 x 14 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades and wood dowels
Not On View
Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers and decorative stitched borders, no veil.
Guru Drakpo, the fierce manifestation of Padmasambhava, holds a vajra in his upraised right hand and a scorpion in his left. He is red in color, wrathful, surrounded by red flames. Above to the left and right are Dalai Lamas. Below at the left is Lhamo; at the middle is Vaishravana, and at the right is a male figure wearing a Vietnamese-style conical hat, riding a horse, carrying a banner on a long pole and a vajra, surrounded by flames. The painting is very dark.
1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection