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Dralha Brothers

18th century

Object Place: Tibet


151.3 x 83 cm (59 9/16 x 32 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton, mounted with silk, in panel format

Not On View





Painting with decorative borders, mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.

The nine Dralha brothers are warrior deities. At the center is Sron-tsan sgam-po. He i surrounded by his brothers. Each of them is mounted on a horse which gallops on clouds. They display semi-wrathful grimaces, while on their shoulders are the heads of protruding animals. Each is followed by birds. Various demons run off into the trees. Below them are a variety of animals and a suit of armor. Along the bottom border of the painting are rondels with outlines of auspicious Buddhist symbols.


1925, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1925, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 3, 1925)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection