A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century

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Lot 11
A thangka of Tagla Membar
Tibet, 18th/19th century

Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
A thangka of Tagla Membar
Tibet, 18th/19th century
Distemper on cloth.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.73146
38 x 24 1/4in (96.5 x 61.5cm) the image
49 1/2 x 33 3/4in (125.8 x 85.5cm) the frame

Footnotes

  • Showcasing one of the most important deity's within Tibet's Bonpo religion, this fine example depicts Tagla Membar, the Tiger deity, holding his wheel and nine crossed swords, with Bonpos' founder, Tonpa Shenrab, smiling above his hair.

    The sophisticated iconography multiplies Tagla Membar in each corner, with Black Razor Tagla at top right, White Razor Tagla at top left, "Piercing Bon, Red Blood-Face" at bottom left, "Officer, Red Blood-Face" at bottom right. Together they form Tagla's five-fold manifestation. The composition is further energized by animals and fighting scenes against the green landscape, with a yak, a garuda, a dragon, and a tiger at the upper part, and The Eighteen Haughty Ones below the central deity.

    Published
    Per Kvaerne, The Bon Religion of Tibet: The Iconography of a Living Tradition, Boston, 1996, pp.124-5, pl.39.

    Provenance
    The Van Der Wee Collection, Belgium, acquired by 1996
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A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
A thangka of Tagla Membar Tibet, 18th/19th century
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