This thangka shows the detailed motif of Guru Rinpoche / Padmasambhava in his pureland, the so-called Zangdok Palri. A top a mountainous island with lush vegetation we see the central image of Guru Rinpoche with his classical attributes, a vajra and a kapala, in his hands. The concept of heaven and hell are captured in this vivid painting with celestial beings at the upper part and wrathful deities at the lower end. The thangka bears an inscription and a stupa symbol on the backside.
Zangdok Palri, known as the Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain, is the terrestrial Pure Land of Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche). Zangdok Palri is located on the southeastern subcontinent Chamara (sometimes identified with Sri Lanka), which was an untamed abode of demons until Guru Padmasambhava subdued them and transformed them into compassionate beings by means of his miraculous powers. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava lives today, in an indestructible body, in his palace atop the Copper-Colored Mountain.
Shape: Rectangular vertical shape
Dimensions: 72 x 53 cm (painting size), 139 x 100 cm (mounting)
Condition: The painting is in overall good condition with some creases and abrasions. The mounting is in fine condition as well
Provenance: Austrian Private Collection