Lotus Mandala Center Figure of Hevajra

12th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

This lotus mandala once enclosed the meditational deity Hevajra and his consort Nairatmya, since substituted with a later sculpture. The dancing yoginis of their retinue are depicted on the inside of the eight petals. Of particular interest in this piece is the depiction of the eight charnel grounds on the outside of those same petals, emphasizing the liminal nature of these grounds.

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  • Title: Lotus Mandala Center Figure of Hevajra
  • Date: 12th century
  • Date Created: 12th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 3.25 x W 2.25 x D 1.875 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2004.30.1
  • Medium: Metalwork
  • Place of Creation: Eastern India
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (02/06/13 - 01/13/14), Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, "Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism " (01/21/12 - 04/15/12), Rubin Museum of Art, "Mandala: The Perfect Circle" (08/14/09 - 01/11/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Methods of Transcendence" (10/02/04 - 01/10/05)