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Vajrakila With His Sakti

Tibetan
17th–18th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

69.5 x 46 cm (27 3/8 x 18 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1371

Medium or Technique

Distemper on cotton, no mount

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, but without original decorative borders.

At the center, a large, blue-skinned, winged, 6-armed wrathful deity (Vajrakila) with three faces (side faces are yellow and red) stands in yab-yum with a green-skinned shakti. He holds vajras in his upper right hands and a khatvanga (ritual wand) in his central left hand. His upper left hand points upward in the gesture of menace. His two lower hands hold a dagger (phurbu) at the shakti’s back. The couple stands on bodies on a lotus pedestal surrounded by flames. Above, there is a cluster of 4 monastic figures at the center, with a bodhisattva at the left and a red-skinned dakini at the right. Below, at the left is a red, 6-armed wrathful deity and at the right is a blue wrathful deity in yab-yum with a green shakti. At the center is a skeleton surrounded by billowing smoke

Inscription

Small wax seal on reverse.

Provenance

1917, Denman Waldo Ross, Cambridge, MA; 1917, gift of Ross to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 5, 1917)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection