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The Buddhist deity Vajrabhairava
Place of Origin: China
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Thangka
Materials: Colors on cotton
Dimensions: H. 24 in x W. 16 in, H. 61 cm x W. 40.6 cm (image); H. 45 in x W. 29 in, H. 114.3 cm x W. 73.7 cm (overall)
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Painting
Object Number: B72D58
On Display: No

Description

Label: The Vajrabhairava form of Yamanataka, the Conqueror of Yama, the God of Death, embraces his consort, surrounded by a halo of flames. His wrathful aspect is emphasized by his rectangular bull's face with eleven heads, his threatening horns, thirty-two hands holding various weapons, and sixteen feet trampling on bird, animals, and deities. Vajrbhairava is the ferocious emanation of Manjushri, whose image appears on the center, top row. Flanking Manjushri are a Mahasiddha (left), and Tsong-kha-pa, Founder of the Gelug sect (right). Three different forms of Yama appear below.
Label: The Vajrabhairava form of Yamanataka, the Conqueror of Yama, the God of Death, embraces his consort, surrounded by a halo of flames. His wrathful aspect is emphasized by his rectangular bull's face with eleven heads, his threatening horns, thirty-two hands holding various weapons, and sixteen feet trampling on bird, animals, and deities. Vajrbhairava is the ferocious emanation of Manjushri, whose image appears on the center, top row. Flanking Manjushri are a Mahasiddha (left), and Tsong-kha-pa, Founder of the Gelug sect (right). Three different forms of Yama appear below.