This thangka shows White Chakrasamvara, Life Accomplishing, together with various deities of the Chakrasamvara cycle of tantras from the lineages of Rechungpa and Shakyashri Bhadra. The painting is from a set of twenty-seven paintings dedicated to diverse meditational deities and commissioned by Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne in the mid 1700s. At the top are White Chakrasamvara Bodhi Siddha flanked by White Amitayus and the blue Avalokiteshvara Heruka embracing a red yogini. At the bottom are the white multi-armed long-life deity Amaravajra Devi flanked by the white goddess Vijaya and White Vajravarahi.


  • Title: Chakrasamvara
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 38 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.66.15
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Eastern Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen" (03/13/10 - 07/18/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen and the Revival of the Encampment Style" (02/06/09 - 08/17/09), Rubin Museum of Art, "What is it? Himalayan Art" (06/25/07 - 04/18/08), Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, "The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art" (02/08/04 - 05/09/04), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, "The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art" (11/05/03 - 01/11/04)

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