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18c Tibetan thangka GYAYIN - KING OF THE MIND

18c Tibetan thangka GYAYIN - KING OF THE MIND


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1331019
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Rare 18th - early 19th century framed Tibetan thangka depicting Gyayin - “the King of the Mind” - one of the Five Kings and an attendant of the main King - Pehar. Whitish areas seen in the upper part of Enlargement 2 are from lighting for photography. According to Tibetan iconographical canon Gyayin “rides an elephant with a long trunk similar to a huge broken-off piece of a snow mountain”. He is holding a snare in one hand to throw at his enemies, and a razor in the other using it to cut “the life-roots of the obstacle-creating demons”. Dharmapala Pehar, the head of the Five Kings is depicted in the lower right corner riding a white lion and holding a hook, sword, arrow, knife, bow and stick in his 6 hands. State oracle of Tibet residing in the Nechung monastery is considered to be Pehar’s medium. Monbu Putra - “the King of the Body” - is shown in the lower left corner riding a lioness and holding a vajra and a staff. Shing Jachen - “the King of Virtue” is shown in the upper right corner riding a black horse and holding an axe and a snare. Dralha Kyechikbu - “the King of Speech” - is shown in the upper left corner riding a mule and holding a stick and a club. Very rare icon beautifully painted with natural mineral pigments and gold on cotton, superb detailing, some expected wear, overall in great condition for a 200 years old devotional painting. Framed, matted and glazed, painting size in sight 9.5x8 inches (24.2x20.2 cm), frame size 15.25x13.25 inches (38.5x34 cm).