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Vajrabhairava Mandala

Tibetan
18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

73.4 x 49.5 cm (28 7/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

09.84

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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.

Provenance

1909, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1909, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1909)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection