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Situ Panchen
September 28, 2016

Situ Panchen (1700–1774) was both a hierarch of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and an important patron and artist, credited with [...]

Shiva Parvati
September 21, 2016

The great Hindu god Shiva and his wife Parvati can be considered an exemplar of male-female relationships in the Hindu worldview. Their affection is evident in this sculpture, with [...]

Sanggye Sengge
September 21, 2016

This painting depicts the eleventh abbot of Ngor Monastery, Sanggye Sengge (1504–1569), a great patron of the arts, holding a golden vase of longevity. Signs of venerable age, such as silver stubble of hair and a receding hairline, suggest this is a [...]

Namkhal Nyingpo
September 14, 2016

The eighth-century master Namkhai Nyingpo, one of the twenty-five disciples of a founding figure of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, is shown in this painting dressed in monastic robes and holding an [...]

Mahasiddha Jalandhara
September 7, 2016

Legendary men and women called mahasiddhas, or great spiritually accomplished ones, are considered to be among the first teachers of Tantric Buddhist practices. Usually of [...]

Malachakra Vajrapani
August 31, 2016

Tibetan Buddhism played a prominent role in the courts of the Mongolian Yuan (1279–1638) and early Chinese Ming (1368–1644) dynasties, resulting in the creation of Tibetan Buddhist art in the imperial ateliers. Here a Tibetan composition depicting a [...]

Dralha Yesi Gyalpo
August 10, 2016

This painting depicts Dralha Yesi Gyalpo, a protector of the founder of the Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, who is [...]

Crescent Moon Spring, Dunhuang, China
August 3, 2016

This photograph, taken in Dunhuang, China, depicts a Buddhist island shrine with a restored towering pagoda. It is representative of Lynn Davis’s focus on [...]

Damchen Garwai Nakpo, the Oath-Bound Blacksmith
July 27, 2016

Damchen Garwai Nakpo, the Blacksmith, was a local pre-Buddhist Tibetan deity subdued by the great master Padmasambhava (8th century), who was invited to Tibet by [...]

Updating Yamantaka
July 20, 2016

Tenzing Rigdol works in multiple mediums, including photography, performance, video, painting, and collage. This work is from a series of the artist’s contemporary interpretations of [...]

Vajrabhairava
July 13, 2016

Vajrabhairava is one of the most important deities of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism, which has dominated Mongolian religious life in recent centuries. This sculpture is [...]