first half of the 18th century
Object Place: Tibet
87.7 x 62 cm (34 1/2 x 24 7/16 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.
The central deity, Raktayamari (the Red Conqueror of the Lord of Death), embracing his female partner, Prajna (Wisdom), stands in a militant posture on a corpse lying across a red bull. This pose with two embracing deities is called yab-yum (father-mother). The names of the subsidary deities and lamas are all inscribed.
1907, Edward W. Forbes, Cambridge, MA; 1907, gift of Forbes to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 11, 1907)
Gift of Edward Waldo Forbes