Vajravarahi with Brahmanarupa Mahakala

20th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

Vajravarahi, or “Diamond Sow,” is red in color and has a sow’s head projecting from the side of her own, her distinguishing feature. In her right hand she brandishes a curved knife and her left holds a skull cup at the heart. In the bend of her left elbow she holds a tantric staff. Above Vajravarahi, King Indrabhuti is flanked by two important figures of the Sakya tradition, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158) and Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502-1566). At the bottom of the painting Mahakala in the form of a Brahman (Brahamanarupa) is surrounded by four ogresses of different colors.

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  • Title: Vajravarahi with Brahmanarupa Mahakala
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.34.1
  • 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, "What is It? Himalayan Art" (11/12/07 - 06/14/10), Rubin Museum of Art, "Building the Collection: Acquisitions 2005-2006" (10/13/06 - 02/09/07)


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