Vajrabhairava and Consort

Tibetan
17th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

68.5 cm (26 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.2168

Medium or Technique

Bronze with traces of pigment

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Sculpture

Multi-armed, multi-legged, and multi-headed Vajrabhairava stands in sexual embrace with his consort. Vajrabhairava stands in a striding stance; his consorts legs are wrapped around his waist. The god’s primary face is that of a buffalo. He wears a garland of severed heads and an elephant skin and holds attributes in every hand. He stands on the prostrate bodies of Hindu deities and animals.

Provenance

1921, William Sturgis Bigelow, Boston, MA; 1921, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 6, 1921)

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection