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  • Thumbnail for Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka)
    Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 47-3/4 (L) x 29 (W) inches. Padmasambhava was the Indian Guru who brought Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, where he is credited with founding the Nyingmapa sect. He is shown surrounded by mahasiddhas (great yogic adepts) and manifestations of his various forms. Above, from right, are Vajrahana and consort, Vajrapani, Amitabha, two mahasiddhas, an unidentified figure, Mahakala and consort, Chenrezi, a Dakini, Lodan chrogsre, Nyama Oxer, and Shakyasengge. Flanking him ae his tow consorts, Mandarawa and Yeshetsogyal. Below are a protective deity, Guru Sengge, lion headed Dakini, Dorje Drolo, Rahu, Begtse, a guardian figure, Dorje Legspa on a snow lion, and a group of heavenly musicians on another snow lion in the lower right.

  • Thumbnail for White Tara, Amitayus, and Ushnishavijaya: Three Long-Life Deities - Thangka (Thangka)
    White Tara, Amitayus, and Ushnishavijaya: Three Long-Life Deities - Thangka (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 49 (L) x 27-3/4 (W) inches; mounted on silk brocade backing. White Tara is the goddess of long life. A small image of Amitabha Buddha is in her crown. Her right hand is in the gift-giving gesture (varada mudra) while her left holds up a peony. In front of her are offerings flanked by Amitayus and Vijaya. Executed in the Kham style.

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    Padmarupa (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

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    Assassination Drawing by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper,18 (L) x 23 5/8 (W) inches. This sketch depicts the same event as 2004.2.1, however this is obviously by a different hand. This image is not nearly as well composed or as sophisticated in rendering as the previous example.

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    Eight Manifestations of Guru Rinpoche - reverse side by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Chenrezig - reverse side
    Chenrezig - reverse side by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Mahakala - reverse side
    Mahakala - reverse side by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Sakyamuni
    Sakyamuni by Unknown

    Ground pigment on cloth, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Shiva in His Yabyum with his Sakti
    Shiva in His Yabyum with his Sakti by Unknown

    Bronze; 6-1/2 inches (H) x 2 (D) x 3 (W).

  • Thumbnail for Square Ga'u (Traveling Shrine)
    Square Ga'u (Traveling Shrine) by Unknown

    4-1/4 (L) x 4-1/4 (W) x 1-7/8(D); chord: 30 in. long. Square G'au or reliquary box with a wheel design on the cover consisting of the Eight Trigrams around a series of numbers in the middle which add up to 15 in all directions. These are framed twelve Zodiac animals and Buddhist symbols with a dragon , tiger, garuda bird and Buddhist lion-dog in the corners. There sides of the cover are engraved with floral and bird designs with two opposite sides fitted with two silver bar handles through which is threaded a braided and looped self-tasseled blue and brown silk cord which holds the box together.

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    Hand drum by Unknown

    23-1/4 (L) x 3-5/8 (Dia. of drum) inches. Double carved wood drum with stretched leather faces, a silver floral ban in the middle inlaid with six turquoise stones and two silver side loops with leather straps ending with wood beads. Decorated with a long macrame knotted red and yellow silk tassel which is attached to a woven silver chain wrapped in red fabric. (This small drum is played by shaking it rapidly so that the bead/clappers hit the drum faces.)

  • Thumbnail for Offering Pitcher with Feathers
    Offering Pitcher with Feathers by Unknown

    Pitcher: 4-3/8 (H) x 1-7/8 (dia); feather top: 14-1/2 (L) x 3-1/4 (W) inches. Brass vase-shaped Bumpa or offering pitcher with a flat lozenge design pierced overhanging rim and a high matched pierced foot with a long tapering spout. A long copper stopper fitted with peacock feathers and a grass filler sits into the top of the pitcher and functions as a sprinkler for the consecrated water.

  • Thumbnail for Siling Poba (Man's Drinking Bowl)
    Siling Poba (Man's Drinking Bowl) by Unknown

    5 (Dia) x 2-3/8 (H) inches. Silver-lined wood burl man's drinking cup, with a high gadrooned silver foot.

  • Thumbnail for Letter Seal
    Letter Seal by Unknown

    2 (L) x 1/2 (Dia.) inches. Conical iron seal with leaf-shaped top and scored design, the base with calligraphy.

  • Thumbnail for White Tara (Droma Karpo) (Thangka)
    White Tara (Droma Karpo) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 49 (L) x 27-3/4 (W) inches.. White Tara is the goddess of long life. A small image of Amitabha Buddha is in her crown. Her right hand is in the gift-giving gesture (varada mudra) while her left holds up a peony. In front of her are offerings flanked by Amitayus and Vijaya. Executed in the Kham style.

  • Thumbnail for Damarupa - Thangka
    Damarupa - Thangka by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk brocade backing, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Damarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and an ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

  • Thumbnail for Samsara (Wheel of rebirth) (Thangka)
    Samsara (Wheel of rebirth) (Thangka) by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 64 (L) x 39 (W) inches. This is a common Tibetan theme that represents a dynamic vision of karma and the cycles of rebirth in various forms, both coarse and subtle, earthly, heavenly and hellish. All are driven by the beastly desires symbolized by the snake, bird and pig located at the center of the wheel. The twelve causes of rebirth are shown on the rim while the six conditions of birth are shown inside the wheel. The wheel is held in the grasp of Yama, the lord of death. The message here is that the teachings of the Buddha offer a path to escape from this world of endless change and suffering.

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    Wheel of Dharma by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper, 23 (L) x 18 (W) inches. Here the 8-spoked wheel of Dharma rests on an unfolding lotus. This is rendered with some skill by an artist with prior training.

  • Thumbnail for Ideal Tibetan Government (Lotus Field) - third rendition
    Ideal Tibetan Government (Lotus Field) - third rendition by Unknown

    Ink and pencil drawing of an arrangement of lotuses signifying the structure of ideal Tibetan government, 23-5/8 (L) x 18 (W) inches. This is the same theme as 2004.2.3 and 2004.2.4, but here the various functions are symbolized by a hierarchy of lotuses rather than buildings. The Dalai Lama is again located at the top center, connected by lines to the heavens above. This is rendered with some skill by an artist with prior training.

  • Thumbnail for Padmasambhava (Thangka)
    Padmasambhava (Thangka) by Unknown

    This is a colored pencil drawing representing a thangka form, 23-1/2 (L) x 18 (W) inches. The Indian guru Padmasambhava is shown in the top center. Below to his left is his patron, the 8th century Tibetan king Trisong Detsen who invited him to spread Buddhist Dharma in Tibet. To his lower right is the Khembo (abbot) Shay-Wa-Tsen, who mediated between Padmasambhava and the king. A pair of crossed thunderbolts (vajras) ae located in the center of the composition. The snowy Himalayas and a clear blue sky are shown behind them. This image is also very skillfully rendered by an artist with prior training in the making of thangka paintings.

  • Thumbnail for Eight Auspicious Emblems
    Eight Auspicious Emblems by Unknown

    Ink and colored pencil on paper, 23-1/2 (L) x 18 (W) inches. This is a formal, symmetrical arrangement depicting a lotus base supporting an endless knot, a pair of golden fish, the wheel of Dharma, the victory banner, the parasol and the conch. A vase for holding the other 7 emblems is assumed to be located behind them. They appear in front of a visionary landscaped flanked by clouds, the sun and moon. this is skillfully rendered by an artist with prior training.

  • Thumbnail for Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail
    Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

  • Thumbnail for Buddha Sakyamuni
    Buddha Sakyamuni by Unknown

    Stone ground mineral pigments on cotton, mounted on brocade.

  • Thumbnail for Bell with Vajra Handle
    Bell with Vajra Handle by Unknown

    7-3/4 (L) x 3-1/2 (Dia.) inches. Metal bell with a brass handle. The brass handle is composed of a half dorje surmounting the head of a lotus crowned wisdom deity (Yum or Mother) which sits on a lotus flower. The bronze bell has lotus petals on the dome, a band of conch shells with lotus flowers in them and a band of dorje around the rim. The inside has four lotus petals in the dome with some characters (possibly Om ah hum) and a long iron clapper attached to a ring with a piece of white cloth.

  • Thumbnail for Kadampa Stupa
    Kadampa Stupa by Unknown

    7-1/8 (H) x 3-3/4 (Circumference) inches. The stupa or chorten, is also a reliquary object and represents Buddhas enlightened mind. The bell-shaped cavity would hold the sacred reliquary. The bell-shaped base is surmounted a square base and thirteen tiered graduated discs with a flat lotus umbrella and lotus finial. The base is wrapped with red and black leather. Terese Bartholomew believes that the stupa was probably opened and resealed in this way.