A 19th C thangka painting of a Tibetan Drala or Mountain deity. Dralas are often viewed as non-human beings and related to a class of Gods. In Tibet they are believed to be part of the retinue of King Gesar. According to Chogyam Trungpa the Drala represent 'Wisdom beyond Aggression'. A well worn weathered thangka that has lived a nomadic life and has been darkened by butterlamp smoke and time.
This painting is believed to show a Drala associated with a particular region or sacred mountain in Tibet. In this thangka he can be seen in warrior appearance riding a white horse. Dralas are typically seen as Dharma protectors that were oathbound by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. At the bottom left is displayed Rahula, an important protector deity of the Nyingma tradition. There are also other classes of beings present such as Nagas in the bottom centre and bottom right. Dralas can also be seen in the sky and at the apex is an unknown lineage guru
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age.
Size with brocade: 18 inches x 31 inches
Size of canvas:13 inches x 18.5 inches