white-skinned male figure and red-skinned female figure embracing in central circle with 20 figures surrounding them inside a circle and a square; 9 seated figures at top and bottom edge; multicolored pigments; leather hanging cord

Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi Mandala, 1400-1500

Unknown artist, expand_more

Pigments on clothexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2000.150.2

Not on Viewexpand_more

The sacred diagram of the cosmos and resplendent deities painted on this thangka were intended to serve as a meditation device for a tantric practitioner. The practitioner would have read an associated text and then visualized in three dimensions the palatial structure depicted here, which is seen from above with a single gateway at its bottom. At the center, the god Chakramsavara embraces his red consort, Vajravarahi. The surrounding circle contains Cosmic Buddhas, dancing Dakinis (demi-goddesses), and the Shakyamuni Buddha, while the upper and lower registers contain protective and auspicious deities and lineage teachers.

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Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi Mandala
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Artist
Accession Number
2000.150.2
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white-skinned male figure and red-skinned female figure embracing in central circle with 20 figures surrounding them inside a circle and a square; 9 seated figures at top and bottom edge; multicolored pigments; leather hanging cord