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Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali
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Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali


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Description The Buddhist meditational deity Vajrabhairava, conqueror of death, embraces his female partner, Vajravetali. Trampling birds, animals, and Hindu gods that personify the worldly attachments and delusions that one must overcome on the path to enlightenment, he breaks down barriers to spiritual liberation. Three lamas wearing hats associated with the Karma Kagyu monastic tradition sit above the central pair, and the two handprints below most likely belong to a revered lama. Enhanced with gold and framed by red halos, they render his touch visible and preserve his sacred presence.
Provenance Purchased by Walter Hauser [1], Charlottesville, Virginia, 1964-65; given to Walters Art Museum, 2016. [1] Purchased from an unknown dealer or bazaar shop in Kalimpong or Darjeeling in West Bengal
Credit Gift of Walter Hauser, 2016

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Period
18th century
Medium
opaque watercolor and gold on cotton
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
35.322
Measurements
Overall H: 50 3/8 × W: 27 3/8 × D: 1 in. (128 × 69.5 × 2.5 cm); Image H: 23 5/8 × W: 15 15/16 in. (60 × 40.5 cm)
Geographies
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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