27/07/2008

Dharmapala Wrathful Tibetan Buddhist deity Mask.Tibetan drag-gshed (“cruel, wrathful hangman”) .Sanskrit: “defender of the religious law”)

ETHNOFLORENCE

2009

MASK

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(Inventory no. 130)

Dharmapala Wrathful Tibetan Buddhist deity Mask.Tibetan drag-gshed (“cruel, wrathful hangman”) .Sanskrit: “defender of the religious law”. In Tibetan Buddhism, any one of a group of eight divinities who, though benevolent, are represented as hideous and ferocious in order to instill terror in evil spirits.

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OLD VINTAGE EDITION

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Frontal view.

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Frontal view detail.

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Forehead view.

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Nose and eyes detail view.

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Below frontal view detail.

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Base of the mask view.

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3/4 side A view.

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3/4 side B view.

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Back side view.

In Tibet, the eight principal Dharmapalas are:

  • Mahakala (Tib. Nagpo Chenpo)
  • Yama (Tib. Shinje)
  • Yamantaka (Tib. Shinje Shed)
  • Hayagriva (Tib. Tamdrin)
  • Vaisravana (Tib. Kubera)
  • Shri Devi (Tib. Palden Lhamo)
  • Changpa
  • Prana Atma  (Tib. Begtse)

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