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A Dralha Warrior Deity

Tibetan
19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

97 x 68 cm (38 3/16 x 26 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

47.85

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton, mounted with silk brocades, wood dowels, brass knobs, silk veil

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Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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.

Inscription

On reverse, in gold ink, in Tibetan: "Om, Ah, Hum"

Provenance

1947, Lucy Truman Aldrich, Providence, RI; 1947, gift of Aldrich to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1947)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich