Tibetan Tsakli: Wrathful Protector Hayagriva
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1700: item # 483974
Please refer to our stock # 051216-t03 when inquiring.
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
Identifiable as Hayagriva by the horse head protruding from his hair, he is
portrayed here as single headed and with two arms, three eyes and a
pair of Garuda wings. As with most portraits of Tibetan wrathful deities, he stands
in front of raging flames.
Hayagriva is considered to be the wrathful form of Avalokitesvara and has many forms. We are showing a Bhutanese thangka portrait of Hayagrive (see Trocadero #483553) in which he is shown in his three-headed and six-armed version with his consort, looking even more ferocious than he does here.
Of course all this ferocity is to defend against and overcome such wrongs as lust, hate, pride and envy. He represents fierce compassion and he is sometimes called "Hayagriva Liberating All Hindrances".
This card measures 4-3/4 x 5-3/4 inches and is painted on heavy paper. It is not inscribed on the reverse.
Visit our web site, Himalayan Antiques, for a short discussion of tsakli and their place in Tibetan art. We have several tsaklis and sets of tsakli to present on Trocadero. We are continuing with some interesting individual tsakli.