Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

5.36 Dakini Simhamukha

[Lion Headed - Tib.: Seng ge'i gdong ma]

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Simhamukha [= 'genius spirit'] is regarded as one of the principal fierce manifestations of Padmasambhava. As such, she is connected with many ceremonies of the Dzogchen tradition. A fierce dakini, she is also one of the Bardo Thödol's Phramenma; a group of female deities most likely of Bön origin.

It is very unsual to find this lion-headed dakini as the pricipal subject of a painting, as she is normally represented together with the sea-monster-headed Makara as attendants on the Dharmapala Palden Lhamo.

The Lion-Faced Dakini is is shown here dancing in the ardhaparyankasana pose. Her left foot trampling a prostrate human figure. She holds a vajra chopper [Sanskrit: "karttrika", Tib. "grig-gug"] in her right hand and a skull bowl in her left hand. She wears a human skin on her shoulders and holds a khatvanga staff [Sanskrit: "khatvanga", tib. "kha-tvam-ga"], with her left arm.

The terrific goddess is surrounded by tongues of flame and is decorsted with a long garland of severed human heads.

At top left we see the four armed Avalokiteshvara Lokeshvar, beside in the center the blue Samantabhadra with his female consort Samantabhadri and right of them Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava.

Below left the god of planets Rahu is depicted, in centre Ekayati, The primary protectress of the Nyingma Tradition.

Measurements: 16.1 x 22.4" | 41 x 57 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
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Material: Natural Stone Colors