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Mahapita Vaishravana with Eight Lords of Horses

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  • rNam sras ser chen rta bdag brgyad dang bcas pa
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  • Thangka
  • 19th century
  • Pigment on cotton
  • Height: 80 cm / Width: 57 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 3516
  • Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
  • © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW
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There are a number of similar prints preserved in European museums and collections that show Mahapita Vaishravana with the eight Lords of Horses (Tib. Rta bdag) in the lower part and several deities that are aspects of Vaishravana or related to him in the upper. Three monks who were important for the transmission of the teachings of Vaishravana to Mongolia are depicted above. In the middle position, one can see Lhodrak drupchen Namkha gyemtsen (Lho brag grub chen Nam mkha’ rgyal mtshan, 1326-1401), the famous teacher of Tsongkhapa, to the left is the 5th Dalai Lama Ngakwang lozang gyamtso (Ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho, 1617-1682) and, to the right, the 2nd Jebtsundamba Khutukhtu Lozang tenpé drönmé (Tib. Blo bzang bstan pa’i sgron me, 1724-1757). For a detailed description, see Caumanns 2005 and Meinert 2011: no. 350.
© Olaf Czaja
Mahapita Vaishravana with Eight Lords of Horses
/ Mongolia / 19th century / Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig / © Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig/ ÖAW

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