This thangka shows the rare motif of Pehar Gyalpo, the worldly protector king, as the central figure. The wrathful deity with blue skin is shown seated on a white elephant and is holding a dagger and a vajra string in his hands. The flame back-drop adds to the powerful appearance of the portrayal. The central figure is surrounded by the five forms of Pehar Gyalpo, all riding a different beast. At the very top is a Buddha figure holding a bowl and showing the gesture of granting wishes.
Shape: Rectangular vertical shape
Dimensions: 70 x 43 cm (painting size), 120 x 59 cm (mounting)
Condition: The painting is in overall good condition with some stains and abrasions. The linen mount is soiled and shows several stitches and loose threads
Provenance: Hungarian Private Collection
Auction result comparison: Sotheby’s, THE RICHARD R. & MAGDALENA ERNST COLLECTION OF HIMALAYAN ART, 22 MARCH 2018, New York, lot 964 (for a Thangka with the same motif)