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Guru Drakpo

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

55.5 x 37.5 cm (21 7/8 x 14 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.745

Medium or Technique

Opaque watercolor and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades and wood dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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.

Provenance

1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection