Tibet, Lord Rahula

15th century, Central Tibet, Rahula, gilt copper alloy, at the Canada Art Gallery.

15th century, Central Tibet (Densatil), Rahula, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

This Tibetan protector, associated with the Nyingma tradition (oldest school of buddhism in Tibet), represents the nine planets he has eclipsed. He may have 3 heads and 6 arms or 9 heads (the bottom ones peaceful, the top ones wrathful) and 4 arms holding various attributes (such as a snake or a parasol, a Mahakala staff, a serpentine bow and arrow). His lower body is shaped like a coiled snake or naga. He has many open eyes all over him.

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