• Art of the Week
Mask of Begtse
April 27, 2016

Begtse (Mongolian: Jamsaran) is the protector of the leader of Mongolian Buddhism, the Bogda Gegeen, and thus plays a prominent role in [...]

Machig Labdron
April 20, 2016

Machig Labdron (1055–1153), one of the most prominent female masters and lineage holders in Tibetan Buddhism, appears deified in this painting as a [...]

Goddess of Long Life Ushnishavijaya
April 13, 2016

Here the eight-armed goddess of long life Ushnishavijaya sits framed by an ornate stupa. An inscription on the back follows the [...]

Chakhar Mongol Headdress
April 6, 2016

This woman’s headdress (Mongolian: djasal) comes from one of the eight banners of Chakhar (Chahar) in central Inner Mongolia. The frame is a [...]

Black Cloak Mahakala
March 30, 2016

The subject of this simple yet expressive painting is Black Cloak Mahakala, the special protector of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism, and their [...]

Chakrasamvara in Union with Vajravarahi
March 23, 2016

Chakrasamvara is the primary meditation deity (yidam) of the various Kagyu Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and is also [...]

Cosmological Scroll
March 16, 2016

This eight-panel, double-sided scroll presents diagrams exploring various aspects of the cosmos as described in the [...]

Cover and pages from a Tibetan Book of the Dead Manuscript
March 16, 2016

Illuminated books became very popular in nineteenth-century Mongolia, and unlike many Buddhist texts that were [...]

Avadana Morality Tales
March 9, 2016

This work is based upon one of the most widely acclaimed painting sets commissioned by the great religious leader, patron, and [...]

Bodhisattva Suryabaskara
March 2, 2016

Suyabaskara, Bodhisattva is white in color and peaceful in appearance, with one face and two hands, the dark hair is piled on the [...]

Stories of a Previous Lives of the Buddha
February 24, 2016

Tales of Buddha Shakyamuni’s past lives(jataka) are some of the most well-known narratives in Himalayan culture and are often presented in [...]

Yutok Yontan Gonpo
February 17, 2016

The physician Yutok Yontan Gonpo (1126–1202) is a founding figure of Tibetan medical practice and is the [...]