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Arts of India, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas Online / A THANGKA OF HAYAGRIVA TIBET, 18TH/19TH CENTURY

Lot 389
15 – 25 March 2022, 10:00 EDT
Online, New York

Sold for US$12,750 inc. premium

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Distemper on cloth.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.4544
Image: 18 3/4 x 13 1/2 in. (47.8 x 34.5 cm);
With silks: 40 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (108 x 64 cm)


西藏 十八/十九世紀 馬頭明王唐卡

In vivid colors this thangka depicts the winged, horse-headed 'Very Secret' Hayagriva (Padma Ishvara). Reflecting that this meditational deity is derived from the Nyingma tradition and continued by the Gelug tradition (Sera monastery in particular), both Padmasambhava and Je Tsongkhapa, the founders of these respective traditions, are depicted in the top register. They appear alongside Manjushri, Amitayus, and Naro Dakini.

Elsewhere in the bustling composition, the yabyum deity is immediately surrounded by four forms of Mahakala and four dancing dakinis. Directly below the altar with offerings of the sensory organs are the Five Pehar Gyalpo. Rahula and Begtse Chen populate the bottom corners. In the blue sky above, Amitabha Buddha is flanked by three lineage teachers on each side. Compare closely related compositions sold at Bonhams, London, 11 May 2017, lot 43; and New York, 19 March 2019, lot 905.

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