A Gelugpa lineage mandala
Tibet, circa 1800
Distemper on cloth; seated on the central lotus is Shakyamuni Buddha with Tsongkapa in front, surrounded by a tightly packed group of lineage teachers of the Gelugpa School, above are Vajradhara and the associated Indian adepts, at the top surrounded by pink lotus petals are meditational deities, buddhas and the Sixteen Great Arhats, all in concentric circles, outside of the lotus and seated on green lotus leaves are the four principal protectors Shadbhuja Mahakala, Brahmarupa Mahakala, Shri Devi Magzor Gyalmo and Yama Dharmaraja, along with the Four Great Kings of the Directions, to the middle left are a Black Jambhala and a White Jambhala and with a 'Secret Accomplishment' Hayagriva in the bottom center.
Image: 23 x 15 1/4 in. (58.5 x 38 cm)