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The central Padmasambhava has a piercing gaze and holds his common attributes. He is flanked by the four-armed Avalokiteshvara and Dechen Gyalmo, a form of Vajrayogini. At the top of the painting the primordial Buddha Samantabhadra is flanked by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–1892), King Trisong Detsen, and, slightly lower, Longchen Rabjampa (1308–1364) and Jigme Lingpa (1730?–1798). At the bottom the wrathful female protector Ekajati, with one face, one eye, and one breast, is flanked by Dorje Lekpa and Rahula with nine heads and four hands. The top figures identify Jigme Lingpa’s Longchen Nyingtig as the doctrinal base for this painting.

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  • Title: Padmasambhava
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 22 1/8 x 17 5/8 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.66.229
  • Medium: Ground mineral pigment on cotton
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (01/16/00 - 03/26/00), Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson, MD, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (11/05/99 - 12/10/99), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99)

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