Winter Solstice, 21st December 2013. I have now finished writing the descriptive texts for fifteen new Giclee Prints that will be available in January 2014. These prints can now be viewed in the ‘New Tibetan Prints-2014’ gallery (six new images), and in the ‘New Newar Prints-2014’ gallery (nine new images). These new Giclee Print images are:


In Tibetan Art Galleries:

1. The Medicine Buddha Lineage: a copy of a masterpiece from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, which shows the Medicine Buddha on his enlightenment throne surrounded by thirty-three lineage holders of the Tibetan Medical Tradition. Below him are twelve protectors, eight of which are special protectors of the Medical Tantras. Available as a large or medium sized Giclee print.

2. Manjushri and Phonology Masters: a copy of a masterpiece from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, which depicts Manjushri as Manjugosha on his enlightenment throne surrounded by thirty-four teachers and lineage holders of the Indo-Tibetan Phonology or Shenglu Tradition. Available as a large or medium sized Giclee print.

3. Palden Lhamo and her retinue: a copy of a masterpiece from the Potala Palace in Lhasa, which depicts Palden Lhamo (Shri Devi) Magzor Gyalmo and her crocodile-headed and lion-headed attendants; along with the ‘Goddesses of the Four Seasons’, the ‘Five long-life Sisters’, and the twelve ‘Tenma Goddesses’, all of whom ride upon their various animal vehicles or mounts. Available as a large or medium sized Giclee print.

4. Vajrabhairava (Yamantaka) as a ‘Solitary Hero’ (Ekavira): Sunlal’s depiction of this wrathful buffalo-headed yidam or ‘meditational deity’, with thirty-four arms, sixteen feet and nine faces, who appears at the centre of this composition. Above Yamantaka appears Manjushri with two lineage holders, and below him are Yama Dhamaraja, Six-armed Mahakala and Palden Lhamo Magzor Gyalmo. Available as a large or medium sized Giclee print.

5. The Thirty-five Buddhas of Confession: Shakyamuni Buddha and his two main disciples appear at the centre of this composition, with the other thirty-four Buddhas of Confession surrounding him. This composition also includes the deities Vajradhara, Vajrasattva, White Tara, and lion-mounted Vaishravana. This image is currently available as an A3 Digital Art Print, but is now also available as a large or medium sized Giclee print.

6. Krishna Yamari: The wrathful black, three-faced, six-armed and four-legged emanation of Manjushri, as the ‘Black Enemy of Death’, whose practice in maintained in the Nyingma and Drigung Kagyu Traditions. He appears with his four wrathful attendants, the ‘Lords of the Three Families’, and eighteen lineage holders. This image also appears in the new ‘Gold on Black Thangkas’ gallery, and is available as a facsimile same-sized medium Giclee Print.


In Newar Tantric Art Galleries:

7. B/W White Tara (Saptalocana Tara), by Hari Prasad Vaidya: A lovely black and white depiction of seven-eyed (saptalocana) White Tara, which depicts this longevity goddess upon her ornate enlightenment throne. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

8. Vidyadhari (Akash Yogini): A lovely sepia painting by Sukha Raj, which depicts the flying or sky-going dakini, Vidyadhari, who is one of the four principle aspects of Vajrayogini in the Newar Buddhist Tradition. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

9. B/W Vajradhara (Urgyen Dorje Chang): A lovely black/white and sepia painting of Vajradhara (Dorje Chang) and his white consort Vajrayogini appearing in sexual union upon their enlightenment throne. Vajradhara is shown here in the form of Urgyen Dorje Chang, one of Padmasambhava’s eight manifestations. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

10. Thousand-armed Shristhikanta Lokeshvara: This complex and extremely rare composition depicts Red Avalokiteshvara as the ‘Glorious Creator’ with a hundred-and-twenty heads and a thousand hands, each of which holds a different deity or attribute. Lokeshvara is surrounded by thirty-one important gods and goddesses from the Hindu-Buddhist pantheon, which all sprang from different parts of his divine body. Available as a large or medium sized Giclee print.

11. Maitreya Buddha: Based upon an original composition by Siddhimuni Shakya, this painting shows Maitreya as the Buddha of the future era, seated in western-style posture upon his throne, and bearing his twin attributes of a wheel and a water-flask upon his hand-held lotuses. The kneeling forms of White Tara and Green Tara flank him, and the painting’s outer torana is decorated with mythical creatures. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

12. Lakshmi, by Dinesh Charan Shrestha: Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good fortune, is shown here in her four-armed Newar aspect. She is beautiful and golden in complexion, and adorned with divine silks and jewel ornaments. With her upper right and left hands she holds the auspicious Newar attributes of a golden mirror and a container for vermilion powder (sinhamu). With her lower left hand she make the abhaya-mudra of fearlessness, and with her lower right hand she makes the open-palmed varada-mudra of bestowing wealth and blessings. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

13. Shiva and Family (Shiva Parivar), by Dinesh Charan Shrestha: This intricate composition shows white Shiva and his green consort Parvati seated together in the loving embrace of the divine father and mother, with their two ‘sons’, white Ganesha and red Kumara, appearing below them. An extremely complex outer torana of mythical creatures and auspicious symbols surrounds the central composition. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

14. Durga (Mahishasura): Based upon an original composition by Siddhimuni Shakya, this painting shows the ‘Great Goddess’ Durga in the act of slaying the buffalo-demon, Mahishasura. Durga has eight arms and rides upon her lion vehicle as she subjugates the blue asura demon that has arisen from the body of a slain buffalo, an event that is celebrated annually in the great autumnal Durga Puja festival. The outer torana of this composition is decorated with floral motifs. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.

15. B/W Kubera: This black and white painting shows the wealth god Kubera or Jambhala, who appears in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He is corpulent and regal in appearance, adorned with all manner of precious silks and jewels, and holds the attributes of a jewel-disgorging mongoose and a radiant gem. Lotuses and dragons surround him, and above his head is the large head of Chepu or Kirtimukha. Available as a medium or small sized Giclee print.