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THANGKA REPRESENTANT LA FORME BLANCHE DE PEHAR GYALPO
TIBET, DEBUT XXE SIECLE
1 – 10 June 2021, 12:00 CEST
Paris

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THANGKA REPRESENTANT LA FORME BLANCHE DE PEHAR GYALPO

TIBET, DEBUT XXE SIECLE
Distemper on cloth with silk borders.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.4481
Image: 81 x 59 cm (31 7/8 x 23 1/4 in.);
With Silks: 180 x 103 cm (70 7/8 x 40 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

A THANGKA DEPICTING THE WHITE FORM OF PEHAR GYALPO
TIBET, EARLY 20TH CENTURY

This energetic painting depicts the five forms of Pehar Gyalpo ('Five Kings') associated with the Nyingma tradition. Each represents Body, Speech, Mind, Quality, or Activity. Each is a worldly protector that was subjugated by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. The focus of the composition is the six-armed white form of Pehar Gyalpo as 'King of Activities' riding a snow lion. Immediately surrounding him are the blue-bodied 'Quality King' pehar riding a black horse at the top left, the red-bodied 'Speech King' pehar holding a sandalwood 'ghandi' atop a black horse at the top right, the 'Body King' pehar wearing a hat atop a snow lion at the bottom left, and Gyajin the 'King of Mind' riding a white elephant at bottom right. At the top, red-hatted Pema Jungne, one of the Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava, forms a triad with two vajrapanis. They are joined by Yutog Yontan Gonpo on the right, and a Dalai Lama, likely the 5th or the 13th, on the left. Two other paintings of Pehar Gyalpo as King of Activities are held in the Yonghegong Palace Monastery, Beijing (HAR 100193) and the Rubin Museum of Art, New York (HAR 213).

Provenance
Private European Collection assembled in the 1960s and 1970s

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