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Hevajra Mandala

17th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

At the center of this nine-deity Hevajra mandala, the sixteen-armed Hevajra embraces his consort Nairatmya. Their assembly comprises eight dancing yoginis. In the upper corners are two lineage holders, at the left the great Indian adept (mahasiddha) Dombi Heruka riding a tigress together with a consort, and at the right the Tibetan master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092–1158), a pivotal figure in the transmission of the Hevajra Tantra. In the bottom corners are wrathful deities, Panjaranatha Mahakala at the left, the special protector of the Hevajra group of tantras and its practitioners, and the four-armed Dusolma at the right.

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  • Title: Hevajra Mandala
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 16 3/8 x 13 1/2 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, F1996.1.8
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Rubin Museum of Art, "Mandala: The Perfect Circle" (08/14/09 - 01/11/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Methods of Transcendence" (10/02/04 - 01/11/05), Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (08/18/02 - 10/27/02), Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (09/28/01 - 01/06/02), Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (01/16/00 - 03/26/00), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99)

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