Nine-deity Mandala of Two-armed Hevajra

15th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

On the central lotus of this mandala the two-armed form of the deity Hevajra is shown embracing his consort, Nairatmya, and surrounded by the eight goddesses of his retinue. At the top of the painting the Five Buddhas, headed by Vairocana at the center, are flanked by the bodhisattvas Manjushri and Maitreya. The transmission lineage of the teaching represented by this painting is identified only by the two deities in the top-left corner, Vajradhara and another depiction of Nairatmya. At the bottom of the painting there is a row of nine goddesses unique to the teachings surrounding Hevajra and three protective deities.


  • Title: Nine-deity Mandala of Two-armed Hevajra
  • Date Created: 15th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2002.24.7
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12), Rubin Museum of Art, "Mandala: The Perfect Circle" (08/14/09 - 01/11/10)

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