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Guhyasamaja Manjuvajra

11th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

The aspiration deity Manjuvajra is orange with three heads and six arms. His two forward-most hands are shown displaying the vajrahumkara gesture, with the arms crossed at the wrists and the hands held as if holding a vajra and a bell. He holds in his other hands a sword, blue lily (utpala), bow, and arrow, attributes typically seen in depictions of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. The pendant of three teeth on the necklace, a symbol of youth, also derives from this bodhisattva. Manjuvajra is one of the two main deities of the Guhyasamaja Tantra.

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  • Title: Guhyasamaja Manjuvajra
  • Date Created: 11th century
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2004.14.3
  • Medium: Leaded copper-zinc-tin alloy with silver inlay
  • Place of Creation: Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12), Rubin Museum of Art, "What is it? Himalayan Art" (10/27/05 - 06/14/10)

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