Guhyasamaja (Buddhist Deity) - Akshobhyavajra
(item no. 625)


1700 - 1799

Gelug Lineage

82.55x57.15cm (32.50x22.50in)

Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton

Collection of Rubin Museum of Art

(acc.# F1998.8.1)

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Guhyasamaja (Secret Assembly) Akshobhyavajra in consort is seated central surrounded by the thirty-two deities of the mandala. The deity has three faces and six hands, is blue-black in colour peaceful with a slightly fierce expression seated in vajra posture.

Guhyasamaja has two main traditions, the Arya (Nagarjuna) Lineage and the Jnana (Jnanapada) Lineage. The subject of this painting is the Arya Lineage. Of the three types of Anuttarayoga Tantra this is the chief of the 'Method' (Father) class. Ascending above the central deity are an unidentified Gelugpa Lama, Je Tsongkapa and Vajradhara. At the top center are several lamas and mahasiddhas. At the bottom center is Shadbhuja Mahakala.

Jeff Watt 4-98

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