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Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi in Union
Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi Embracing

Artist/maker unknown, Central Tibetan. Commissioned by bLo-gros bZang-po, Tibetan, 1360 - 1423.

Geography:
Made in central Tibet, Tibet, Asia

Period:
Sakya

Date:
c. 1500

Medium:
Colors on cloth; cloth mounting

Dimensions:
Image: 48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm) Mount: 57 x 44 inches (144.8 x 111.8 cm) Frame: 52 1/8 × 38 1/8 × 2 1/4 inches (132.4 × 96.8 × 5.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

* Gallery 232, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:
1994-148-637

Credit Line:
Stella Kramrisch Collection, 1994

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Label:
In the center of this powerful image, dark blue-skinned Chakrasamvara stands locked in sexual embrace with his bright red consort Vajravarahi. Like all male deities shown in union, Chakrasamvara represents skillful means—the tools one uses on the path to enlightenment—while the female Vajravarahi represents the wisdom necessary to progress along that path. A great fiery halo encircles the couple, its flames elaborately detailed with the scrolling foliage characteristic of Newar-style paintings. At the upper right appears a tiny image of Vajravarahi in her solitary form (called Vajrayogini), and next to her sits the white-robed Tibetan teacher Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, the founder of the Sakya lineage.


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