Taglung Lineage Teachers

14th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

This painting is a rare historical document, in that many of the figures represented are identified by inscription, both on the front and the back of the painting. In the middle are portraits of six men who represent part of a particular lineage of teachers of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In the top row are Pagmodrupa (1110-1170) and Taklung Thangpa Chenpo (1142–1210), the two Indian teachers Vairocanavajra and Phadampa Sangye (both active in the 12th century), a still unidentified person and the First Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193).


  • Title: Taglung Lineage Teachers
  • Date Created: 14th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.42.4
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (dates TBD), Rubin Museum of Art, "Mirror of the Buddha: Early Portraits from Tibet" (10/21/11 - 03/05/12), Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen" (03/13/10 - 07/18/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" (02/06/09 - 08/17/09), Rubin Museum of Art, "Building the Collection: Acquisitions 2005-2006" (10/13/06 - 02/09/07)

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