A BLACKGROUND THANGKA OF PANJARNATA MAHAKALA  TIBET, 18TH CENTURY

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A BLACKGROUND THANGKA OF PANJARNATA MAHAKALA
TIBET, 18TH CENTURY

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A BLACKGROUND THANGKA OF PANJARNATA MAHAKALA
TIBET, 18TH CENTURY
Distemper on cloth.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.1076
Image: 65 x 41 cm (25 5/8 x 16 in.);
With silks: 106 x 66 cm (41 3/4 x 26 in.);
Framed: 125 x 80 x 5.7 cm (49 1/2 x 31 x 2 1/4 in.)

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  • 西藏 十八世紀 寶帳大黑天黑唐卡

    Panjaranata Mahakala, "Lord of the Pavilion", is the protector of the Shri Hevajra cycle of Tantras, whose iconography and rituals are recorded in the 18th chapter of Vajra Panjara Tantra, an Indian Sanskrit explanatory text. Exquisitely depicted with meticulous brushwork and vivid colours on the black background that intensifies visual theatricality, Panjaranata Mahakala appears in his classic form, holding a curved knife, a skullcup, and his distinguishing ghandi stick, symbolising his vow to protect Buddhism.

    Standing on a large white corpse at the center of its composition, this powerful image of Panjaranata Mahakala is flanked by large figures of Brahmanarupa Mahakala and Shri Devi. Floating on dynamic clouds at the top are Shri Hevajra, Heruka Hevajra, Vajrakila, Bhutadamara Vajrapani, and Ekajati, who are treated with exceptional precision. Shri Shmashana Adhipati, Gauri, Dugyal are at the below, with Kala Rakshasa and Kali Rakshasi and their three offspring Putra, Bhatra and Ekajati Rakshasi at the bottom.

    Provenance
    Sotheby's, New York, 27 March 1991, lot 141A
    Tom Grayson Collection, 1997
    Dharma Fine Art, Los Angeles, 2008
    Private Collector, New York
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A BLACKGROUND THANGKA OF PANJARNATA MAHAKALA  TIBET, 18TH CENTURY
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