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Chakrasamvara Embracing Vajravarahi
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Chakrasamvara Embracing Vajravarahi

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Description Flames encircle two deities who wrap their naked bodies around one another. The alluring forms of their erogenous parts are delicately drawn in sweeping calligraphic lines accentuated with washes of red. Through the passionate embrace of the wrathful male Buddha Chakrasamvara and his female partner, Vajravarahi, male and female natures are merged. Vajravarahi holds a curved knife that severs and strips away the layers of ignorance that cloud the unenlightened mind. Viewers of this portable scroll painting might imagine Vajravarahi coming to their aid to combat their own ignorance and strip away dark feelings of fear, envy, and anger.
  • 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 Stuart Perrin, New York; purchased by John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, March 25 1984.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford

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15th century
paint on silk
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 29 3/8 x W: 11 1/4 in. (74.6 x 28.6 cm); Framed H: 41 1/2 × W: 22 13/16 × D: 1 3/4 in. (105.41 × 57.94 × 4.45 cm)
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
  • China (Place of Origin)
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