Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrabhairava (Buddhist Deity) - with consort

རྡོ་རྗེ་འཇིགས་འབྱེད། 金刚大威德(佛教本尊)
(item no. 41026)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Animal-Feature

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajrabhairava (Tibetan: dor je jig je. English: Vajra Terror) with the consort Vajra Vetali.

At the top center is Vajradhara Buddha accompanied by two mahasiddha figures. At the top left is Atisha with two students on the right is Tsongkapa with two students.

At the upper left is Panjarnata Mahakala holding the 'gandhi' stick across the forearms. At the right side is White Shadbhuja Mahakala. At the middle left side is Chaturbhuja Mahakala with one face and four hands. On the right side is Vaishravana Riding a Lion.

At the bottom right side is 'Outer' Yama Dharmaraja riding a buffalo. At the center is 'Inner' Yama Dharmaraja with a wrathful raksha face. At the left is 'Secret' Yama Dharmaraja, red in colour.

The composition has a spacious quality that is reminiscent of paintings from the Nyentog Monastery in the Rebkong area of Eastern Tibet. (See a comparable).

Jeff Watt 7-2014.

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Buddhist Deity: Vajrabhairava Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Vajrabhairava & Gelug Protectors Composition