• Art of the Week
Mountain God Kula Kari
February 3, 2016

A local protector god, Kula Kari occupies a mountain in Lhodrak, south of [...]

Bon Gods of the Five Sciences
January 27, 2016

This painting, unusual in both size and composition, depicts the Bon Gods of the Five Sciences in a [...]

Bodhisattva Maitreya
January 20, 2016

This painting is an unusual pastiche of Tibetan and Chinese imagery and painting techniques. The central figure, the bodhisattva and [...]

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
January 13, 2016

This depiction of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, does not follow the usual Indo-Tibetan textual descriptions of [...]

January 6, 2016

Despite the severe damage inflicted to this representation of a bodhisattva during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), including [...]

Astrological Chart
December 23, 2015

This Tibetan astrological chart is an auspicious talisman and an instructional tool that is believed to bring good fortune to all those who see, display, or possess it. Such charts can often be [...]

Arhat Pantaka
December 16, 2015

The medium—ink on silk—is itself Chinese. The painting employs a classic Chinese monochromatic ink style (shui mo hua) with a [...]

Arhat Abheda
December 9, 2015

Abheda is one of the sixteen arhats, the original disciples of the Buddha. His identifying attribute is a [...]

Amnye Cha Kyung
December 2, 2015

As a local mountain deity in Rebkong, Amdo Province, in northeastern Tibet, Amnye Cha Kyung is an important figure in the region’s sacred geography. Mountain deities were [...]

November 25, 2015

The meditation deity Akshobhyavajra, described in the Secret Assembly (Guhyasamaja) Tantra, symbolically unites the Five Buddha Families. Three-headed, six-armed, holding a vajra and bell, [...]