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Guru Drakpo

18th century

Object Place: Tibet


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

Accession Number


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)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection