The Nine Dra-lha Brothers
Object Place: Tibet
53.5 x 38.5 cm (21 1/16 x 15 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper and gold on cotton
Not On View
Painting with no borders, possibly originally in thangka format.
A large central figure of a Dra-lha appears at the center, surrounded by his eight brothers. Each rides a horse, wears warrior armor, is surrounded by flames, and has a hawk flying at his side. Below are offerings to the deities, including armor, musical instruments, horses, camels, animal skins, weapons, and wild animals as well as brocades, coral, jewels, and a bowl of flowers. The border is painted red. Painting is in very poor, very fragile condition.
On reverse, in red ink, in Tibetan script: "Om, ah, hum" at center of deities.
1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 7, 1921)
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection