Dharmapala Thangka CentreSchool of Thangka Painting

5.63 Chemchok Heruka [4]

Very large Thangka

Full View Detail 1: Heruka with is female cosort Namshyalma Detail 2 Detail 3: Garuda Detail 4: Samantabhadra Detail 5: Marpa ? Detail 6: Two Animal headed bardo deity Detail 7: Two Animal headed bardo deity Detail 8: Two Animal headed bardo deity Detail 9: Vajrakila Detail 10: Two Animal headed bardo deity Detail 11: Animal headed bardo deity

This thangka depicts the winged Chemchok Heruka Chemchok [Skt. Mahottara Heruka, Tib. ཆེ་མཆོག་, ཆེ་མཆོག་ཧེ་རུ་ཀ་ with three heads, six arms and four legs. He embraces his consort Namshyalma in sexual union [Yab Yum]. He is the wrathful form of Samantabhadra, the original Buddha of the Nyingma school, who is depicted in his peaceful father-mother form in the center at the top of the image.

In front of a landscape, numerous animal-headed Bardo deities appear. The Book »Bardo Thödol« [commonly known in the West as the »Tibetan Book of the Dead«] describes this intermediate state between death and rebirth. Here these visions appear from the consciousness of the deceased. They divide into peaceful and wrathful deities. The peaceful visions appear right at the beginning of the after-death state. Here only the wrathful animal-headed Bardo deities are depicted.

The Book of the Dead is intended to guide both the recently deceased and their relatives through the death bardo in order to achieve a better rebirth. In addition, it is also to help the relatives in the mourning process.

The image can also be commissioned to much smaller dimensions.

More about »Bardo«

Measurements: 72 x 83.9" | 183 x 213 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany or Nepal
Color: Color Version
Material: Natural Stone Colors
High resolution: Display [2.2 MB, 2260 x 360 px.]