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The guardian Pehar with offerings
Place of Origin: China or Mongolia
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors on cotton
Dimensions: H. 23 5/8 in x W. 15 3/4 in, H. 60 cm x W. 40 cm (image); H. 45 in x W. 28 in, H. 114.3 cm x W. 71.1 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Albert M. Bender
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B78D4
On Display: No

Description

Label: Pehar and his companions were originally foreign deities, but the great adept Padmasambhava tamed and bound them to the service and protection of Tibetan Buddhism. In this painting, the helmets and horses of Pehar's company appear, but the deities wearing and riding them remain invisible. As a result, it is called a "set of ornaments"; such paintings do not depict the fierce deities and offerings in order to avoid perceived dangers associated with them.

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Exhibition History: "Yoga," Exhibition, 11/18/2013
Label: Pehar and his companions were originally foreign deities, but the great adept Padmasambhava tamed and bound them to the service and protection of Tibetan Buddhism. In this painting, the helmets and horses of Pehar's company appear, but the deities wearing and riding them remain invisible. As a result, it is called a "set of ornaments"; such paintings do not depict the fierce deities and offerings in order to avoid perceived dangers associated with them.
Exhibition History: "Yoga," Exhibition, 11/18/2013