• Art of the Week
Phakmodrupa (1110 – 1170) With Episodes From His Lives
November 1, 2017

In the center of this early and well-preserved painting is the great teacher Phakmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110–1170). He is flanked by two columns featuring scenes of his previous lives, including his life as a monkey [...]

Fourth Demo Rinpoche, Lhawang Gyaltsen (1631 – 1668)
October 25, 2017

This monumental and imposing painting pays homage to Lhawang Tenpai Gyaltsen (1631–1668), the Fourth Demo Rinpoche, a high incarnate lama of the Geluk order. In 1653 [...]

Amulet Box (Gau)
October 18, 2017

This amulet box (gau) would have been filled with religious contents to protect the wearer as well as serve as a portable shrine. The central window of such an amulet usually reveals [...]

Begtse Chen
October 11, 2017

Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. He is named for [...]

Magzor Gyalmo, Queen Who Repels Armies
October 4, 2017

Magzor Gyalmo (Mongolian: Chog tegulder okin tngri), Queen Who Repels Armies, is a wrathful emanation of the goddess Sarasvati and the special protector of the Dalai Lamas [...]

Green Tara
September 27, 2017

This sculpture is attributed to the hand of Choying Dorje (1604–1674), the Tenth Karmapa, who was head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. An eccentric [...]

Snake Goddess Manasa
September 20, 2017

The central figure on this small stone stele is Manasa, a goddess venerated in the Hindu traditions of Bengal in northeastern India. She is worshiped primarily for her ability to prevent and cure snakebites [...]

Marichi, Goddess of the Dawn
September 13, 2017

The Buddhist goddess Marichi appears in many forms. As the Goddess of the Dawn, one of her most common forms, depicts her in the chariot of the sun pulled by [...]

Dancing Red Ganapati
September 6, 2017

At the center of this work is the red, twelve-armed, dancing Ganapati standing on a jewel-spitting rat, a form of the elephant-headed deity known only in [...]

Shiva Vishvarupa
August 30, 2017

Shiva is one of Hinduism’s major gods and the supreme god of the Shaivite sect, worshipers devoted primarily to him. He takes many forms—ascetic, destroyer, conqueror of death, cosmic dancer [...]

Parvati or A Female Form of Shiva
August 23, 2017

Parvati, sometimes called Uma, is a Hindu goddess and the daughter of Himavat, the embodiment of the Himalayan Mountains. She is also the consort of Shiva [...]

Siddha Lakshmi
August 16, 2017

The fierce Siddha Lakshmi, a wrathful manifestation of the Hindu goddess Durga, was the protecting and guiding goddess of the Malla kings [...]