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Unidentified Teacher (Jebtsundamba)

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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 55 cm / Width: 28,5 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3579
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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An unidentified Jebtsundamba Khutukhtu incarnation, also known by their title Bogd Gegeen, is depicted on this coloured print. In his right hand, he holds the stem of a lotus flower blossoming near his shoulder. At the same time, he displays the gesture of giving religious instructions with this hand. A book and a sword possibly lay on the lotus. With his left hand, that rests in meditation on his lap, he grasps a golden vase of longevity with a branch of the ashoka-tree in it. He is flanked by two amulet prints of Hayagriva in form of a ritual dagger. The lower part of the print is taken by a lengthy Tibetan text that is illegible. It is bordered by the ten interlocked syllables of the Kalachakra mantra known as the “powerful tenfold anagram” (Tib. rnam bcu dbang ldan) (top middle), the five symbolic creatures commonly known from prayer flages, namely a windhorse, a tiger, a garuda, a dragon and a snow lion (top and bottom), the eight auspicious symbols (left) and the eight auspicious substances (right).
© Olaf Czaja
Unidentified Teacher (Jebtsundamba)
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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