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Mandala of Achala Chandamaharoshana
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Mandala of Achala Chandamaharoshana

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Description The deity known as both as Achala and Chandamaharoshana is the wise upholder of truth in the meditational text the "Chandamaharoshana Tantra," where he responds to questions asked by his consort Vishvavajri while they are united in a sexual embrace. Chandamaharoshana is beloved by devotees, as he is associated with healing and protection from disease. A text popular in Nepal, the "Chandamaharoshana Tantra" describes rituals that enable initiates to associate themselves with the deity. These include being handed Chandamaharoshana’s attributes—a sword symbolizing knowledge that kills all enemies and a noose that binds the wicked.
  • Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance Sale, Sotheby's, New York, December 1973; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1973, by purchase.
Inscriptions Inscr. (date effaced)
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford

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16th century
opaque watercolor on cotton
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 32 1/4 x W: 23 in. (81.9 x 58.4 cm)
  • Nepal (Place of Origin)
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