Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Bodhisattva

བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ། 菩萨 (主页)
(item no. 24448)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vajra Karma, Multi-coloured, a retinue deity from the Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala.

In the Vajradhatu and Trailokyavijaya mandalas there are three figures that are multi-coloured: Vajra Karma in the north, Vajra Natri in the central room, mid-points, outer house and corners, and Vajra Gupta at the inner and outer gates.

In the Paramadya Samkshiptakula mandala there are Namka Dzo, Amaoghasiddhi and Le Kyi Khutsurma.

In the Sarvavid Vairochana mandala the deity Vajra Karma appears holding a coat of armor and the body multi-coloured in appearance. These multi-coloured figures can also appear in other mandalas of the Yoga classification. In the Anuttarayoga class there are other deities that can appear or have forms that are multi-coloured.

Jeff Watt 8-2018

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