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Vajrabhairava

18th century

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Surrounded by flames and skulls, the Himalayan Buddhist god Vajrabhairava and his female counterpart (shakti) embrace in an ecstatic union that obliterates earthly dualities and achieves enlightenment. They trample underfoot the Hindu god of death. Like the Hindu god Shiva, Vajrabhairava triumphs over death.

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