Laikhan sorodag (Tsam figure)

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  • Lasmkhan srog bdag
  • Tsam figure
  • begin 20th century
  • Wood
  • Height: not filled / Width: not filled / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Hans Leder, Inv. Nr.: 74717
  • Weltmuseum Wien
  • © KHM mit MVK und ÖTM
Several small wooden figures depicting expressively characters of the Tsam dance ceremony (T. ´cham), one of the most important Buddhist festivities, form an extraordinary group within the Leder collections. Twelve figures are housed in the Weltmuseum Wien (the former Museum für Völkerkunde Wien).This figure represents Laikhan Sorogdag. The red guardian spirit Laikhan Sorogdag with a spear and lasso is one of the two attendants of the red Protector God Begtse (Jamsran). Together with Rigbii lkhamo, he clears and prepares the way for Begtse. This figure wears a helmet decorated with a skull, armour over a blue suit, and a red mask with frightening grimace; the spear in his left hand is broken and thus looks like a flag. In his right hand he holds a lasso for to catch negative spirits (cf. Lang 2013: 70, Yadamsuren 2005: 82, Forman and Rintschen 1967: 83, Nebesky-Wojkovitz 1975:91).
© M.-K. Lang
Laikhan sorodag (Tsam figure)
/ Mongolia / begin 20th century / Weltmuseum Wien / © KHM mit MVK und ÖTM