Object Place: Tibet
73.4 x 49.5 cm (28 7/8 x 19 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper on cotton
Not On View
Painting with decorative borders, mounted on support panel. Would have originally been in thangka format.
This mandala is dedicated to the protective deity, Vajrabhairava, who is embracing his sakti (female energy) in multiple manifestations at the center. Vajrabhairava in black and wears no clothing. He has nine heads, thirty-four arms, and sixteen legs. He stands on the backs of Hindu deities and holds a skull cup, a sword, and other ritual implements.
1909, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1909, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1909)
Denman Waldo Ross Collection