four doors of a torkam

painted wood
Tibet, 19th cent.
size larger doors: 47 x 52 cm; smaller doors: 26 x 52 cm.

The larger doors depict wonderful paintings of tantric offerings around two projections of fierce Dharmapalas: the left panel is a projection (this means one sees only the clothes and attributes of the deity, and one has to project mentally the deity himself) of the four-armed Mahakala, while the right panel depicts the projection of a quite rare deity, Tsi’u Marpo, an oracle-deity and once the protector of the Samye-monastery.
On the smaller doors are two groups of auspicious offerings, the Saptaratna and the Astamangala.

Beautiful quality of painting!

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