A Dralha Warrior Deity
Object Place: Tibet
97 x 68 cm (38 3/16 x 26 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, wood dowels, brass knobs, silk veil
Not On View
Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.
A Drahla Warrior deity rides a horse which gallops on clouds. He wears elaborate armor and holds a staff in his upraised right hand and a bowl of jewels in his left. In the center fo his armor he wears a medallion with the Tibetan syllable “hrih”. He has three eyes and a mustache. Above him are two hawks. Also above him are a flying garuda, dragon with pearl, vajrapani engulfed in flames, and pastel clouds. To his sides are hills filled with deer, snow lions, rocks, and waterfalls, lakes with geese and fish. Below him are pairs of boar, lions, and monkeys. At the bottom is a pavillion with a suit of armor, and a table with offerings of torma, a skull cup of blood, a skull cup of green liquid, a sword, an arrow, and other weapons.
On reverse, in gold ink, in Tibetan: "Om, Ah, Hum"
1947, Lucy Truman Aldrich, Providence, RI; 1947, gift of Aldrich to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1947)
Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich