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Asian Art
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Worldly Protector Drogdze Wangmo

late 18th–early 19th century

Tangka, opaque watercolor and ink on cloth

Further research needed
Gift of Alice and Nasli Heeramaneck in memory of Viola and William B. Arvine
Wearing a diadem with skulls, Drogdze, whose name means “powerful friend,” holds a mirror in one hand and a bleeding heart in a skull cup in the other. She is one of several protectors in Tibetan Buddhism that are not widely worshipped but remain affiliated with a specific lineage or practice. She guards treasures—often records of earlier teachings—and is associated with the Nyingma tradition.
Tibet, China
Not on view
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