ARTEFACTS

The Five Personal Protective Deities

  • Заяаны таван тэнгэр/сахиус / Говийн лханаа / Jayaanii tawan tenger/saxius / Gowiin lxanaa
  • ǰayaγan-u tabun tngri/sakiγulsun
  • 'Go ba'i lha lnga
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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 42 cm / Width: 30 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3564
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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In the central part of the woodprint is the mo lha, the deity of females. In her right hand she holds a long-life arrow and in her left hand a mirror. She rides a hind. On the left above mo lha is the yul lha. He rides a horse. He holds a bow in his left hand and a lance in his right. He wears armour and a helmet. On the right above is the dgra lha. He rides a horse. In his right hand he holds a spear with flag, in his left hand is a noose. On the right below is the pho lha. He rides a horse. In his right hand he carries a jewel and in his left is a basin filled with jewels. On the left below is the srog lha, the deity of life force. He rides a horse. He wears armour and helmet and holds a lance banner in his left hand and in his right a noose. Between the pho lha and the srog lha is an offering bowl filled with five dough offerings. Bottom of the woodprint is a citation from the Vaidurya Karpo.
© Béla Kelény
The Five Personal Protective Deities
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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