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: 34 cm / Width: 21,5 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3558
  • 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 left below is the white pho lha. He rides a horse. In his right hand he carries a jewel and in his left is a wooden basin filled with jewels. On the right 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. Above mo lha, on top is Vajrapāṇi (?) surrounded by the sun and the moon. Bottom of the woodprint, between the pho lha and the srog lha is an offering bowl filled with heap of jewels and a ritual arrow is stuck into the heap.
© 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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