Code: ABM 030
Country: Tibet (west)
Style: Purang-Guge Kingdom
Date: 1000 - 1100
Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 11 x 15.3
Materials: Distemper on paper
Bon is a religious tradition of Indian origin introduced in Tibet prior to the Buddhist religion. A later and different form of Bon developed in Tibet that has a monastic form with many similarities to Buddhism.
This painting depicts the Bon deity named Khyung gi ru mtshon can («kyunggiru tsönjen») identified by the pole in his right uplifted hand with the effigy of a horned khyung affixed. The khyung represents a mythical bird which is identical with the Indian garu a.
Béguin, Gilles, 2013. Art sacré du Tibet – Collection Alain Bordier, [catalogue of the exhibition held at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Ives Saint Laurent; 14 mars au 21 juillet 2013]. Paris: Fondation Pierre Bergé – Ives Saint Laurent. Editions Findakli. P. 59
Cornu, Philippe , 2001. Dictionnaire Encyclopédique du Bouddhisme. Seuil.