Hevajara with Consort

14th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

Hevajra is one of the most important deities of Tibetan Buddhism. His most frequently represented form is blue and has four legs, eight faces, and sixteen arms. The top of his head is marked with a crossed-vajra (vishvavajra), and Buddha Akshobhya sits in front of his hair knot. The deity’s sixteen hands each hold a skullcup, with those in his right hands occupied by animals and those in his left hands by gods. His two main hands hold cups with an elephant and the god of earth and embrace his consort Nairatmya. This central couple alone can stand for the Hevajra’s entire mandala assembly.

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  • Title: Hevajara with Consort
  • Date Created: 14th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 6.875 x W 4.375 x D 4 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.55.2
  • Medium: Copper alloy with silver and copper inlays and pigments
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13)