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The guardians Yama and Yami
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors on cotton
Dimensions: H. 23 15/16 in x W. 15 3/8 in, H. 60.8 cm x W. 39.1 cm (image); H. 45 1/2 in x W. 24 in, H. 115.6 cm x W. 61.0 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B72D57
On Display: No

Description

Label:

Yama is one of the eight Guardians of the Law. He and his sister are standing above a buffalo, who lies on top of a prostrate man. Yama's attributes are a snare and a skull club attached with a flayed human skin. Sixteen acolytes, shown on both sides, brandish various weapons. The three figures presiding on top are, from left to right: Tsong-kha-pa, founder of the Gelug Sect, Vajrabhairava, conqueror of Yana, and possibly the Sixth Panchen Lama.

This particular form of Yama, known as the "Outer form," is a special protector of Tsong-kha-pa.


Label:

Yama is one of the eight Guardians of the Law. He and his sister are standing above a buffalo, who lies on top of a prostrate man. Yama's attributes are a snare and a skull club attached with a flayed human skin. Sixteen acolytes, shown on both sides, brandish various weapons. The three figures presiding on top are, from left to right: Tsong-kha-pa, founder of the Gelug Sect, Vajrabhairava, conqueror of Yana, and possibly the Sixth Panchen Lama.

This particular form of Yama, known as the "Outer form," is a special protector of Tsong-kha-pa.