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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 [...]

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 [...]