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Wheel of Life Thangka

by Unknown

Abstract

64 (L) x 39 (W) inches. Yama, the Lord of Death holds the Wheel of Life in his mouth and claws. A three-eyed growling bear-like creature with fangs, clawed hands and feet, he wears blue floral wrist and ankle bracelets, a tiger skin loin cloth and a five-skull crown. The Wheel he holds symbolizes the endless cycle of rebirth. In the center are the Three Poisons: the Snake carried by the Pigeon attacking the Pig. The Six Conditions of rebirth are depicted i the body of the Wheel and the Twelve Causes of rebirth are on the rim of the Wheel. Mounted as a scroll with orange and turquoise silk frames on purple silk brocade with a green and red silk dust covers and plain silver scroll ends.

Note

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

Administrative Notes

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgement to be given to the ASIANetwork-Luce Asian Art in the Undergraduate Curriculum Project and to the college from whose collection the work comes. The individual college retains copyright to the work.

Copyright
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Publisher
DePauw University
PID
coccc:25671