The Bon tutelary deity Meri, Mountain of Fire, is traditionally associated with Zhangzhung, the land where Bon flourished before the Tibetan conquest of the region in the seventh century. Zhangzhung is thought to have been the area of western Tibet around Mount Kailash.
Compare similar iconography in a Meri thangka in the R.E.E. Collection exhibited in Dieux et Démons de l’Himalaya, Grand Palais, Paris; see Auboyer and Beguin, 1977, p. 186, no. 204, and for a full analysis of the iconography of the painting; see Kvaerne, 1995, pp. 100-03. Compare also a painting in the Mr and Mrs John Gilmore Ford Collection; see Pal, 1984, pl. 52. Another painting of the deity is now in the Museum der Kulturen Basel; see Essen and Thingo, 1989, p. 217, no. II-451.
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