|Origin Location||Central Tibet|
|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Silk|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# P1995.21.6|
Vajrabhairava (Tibetan: dor je jig je. English: the Vajra Terror): with lamas above and enlightened protectors below.
Jeff Watt 11-2000
Sri Vajra-mahabhairava (dpal rDo-rje jigs-byed chen-po), dark blue, with nine faces, thirty-four arms and sixteen legs, abiding in pratyalidha posture (right legs bent). Capable of devouring the three worlds, he is shouting Haha and has rolled-up tongue, bared fangs and a frown. Beside the frown, his eyebrows and eyes blaze like the fire at the time of destruction. His pale yellow hair streams upwards. Threatening the worldly and supermundane gods, he terrifies even the terrible, roaring like thunder the great sound of PHEM and eating human blood, grease, marrow and fat. He is crowned with five frightful dry skulls and adorned with a skull garland of fifty fresh heads, a black snake as scared thread, a circlet of human bone, and earrings and the other ornaments of bone. He is naked of body, with huge belly. His sex stands erect. His eyebrows, eyelashes, beard and body hairs blaze like the fire at the end of time.
From Deities of Tibetan Buddhism, Wisdom Publications, 2000. Translated by Martin Willson from the sadhana text of Phabongkha Dechen Nyingpo (1878-1941): biographical reference.
Subject: Decree, Gold Silk
Tradition: Gelug Deity Paintings
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 6
Painting Type: Gold Ground
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