|Date Range||1300 - 1399|
|Lineages||Sakya, Kagyu and Buddhist|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Jnana Dakini Thirteen Deity Mandala. A set of forty-two mandalas, as described in the Vajravali Sanskrit text of Abhayakaragupta, commissioned in honour of Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen.
"Seated above a lion, variously [coloured] lotus and moon seat is Jnana Dakini, blue [in colour], with three faces, blue, white and red, and six arms. Each face has three eyes. The right three hands hold a katvanga staff, axe and vajra scepter. The right three [hands] hold a bell, blood filled skullcup and a sword. Adorned with a skull garland and the five mudras, [she] is seated in sattva posture in the middle of a fiercely blazing mass of pristine awareness fire." (bod brgyud nang bstan lha tshogs chen mo bshugs so, page 388).
The meditational deity Jnana Dakini arises from the Chaturpita Tantra (catuhpitha-mahayoginitantraraja-nama) and is typically found in a thirteen deity mandala configuration. The principal deity of the tantra is Yogambara. (See TBRC w25336, w25337, w25338).
Jeff Watt 7-2009
Publication: Sacred Visions
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Painting)
Buddhist Deity: Jnana Dakini (Masterworks)
Buddhist Deity: Jnana Dakini Main Page
Painting Set: Vajravali (Lama Dampa Set)
Subject: Vajravali Main Page
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