Buddha Vairocana

14th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

This representation of Buddha Vairocana, the “Resplendent One,” features several of his defining characteristics, including his white color, performing the teaching gesture (dharmacakramudra), and sitting on an elaborate lion throne. The two bodhisattvas flanking him—one green and carrying a sword, the other red and holding a lotus—and the teachers in the upper corners cannot be identified with certainty. This painting was likely part of a set and only the knowledge of the whole set enables the identification of the secondary figures.


  • Title: Buddha Vairocana
  • Date Created: 14th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, F1998.3.6
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12), Rubin Museum of Art, Asia Week Reception (03/24/04)

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