Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrakila (Eight Pronouncements)

རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕུར་པ། 金刚普巴(本尊)
(item no. 532)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Nyingma
Size 59.69x43.18cm (23.50x17in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1996.31.18
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vajrakila, Heruka (Tibetan: dor je phur ba, thrag thung, English: Vajra Peg, Blood Drinker). Also known as Vajra Kumara (Vajra Youth) he is the activity deity from the set of Eight Herukas (Tib.: ka gye) of the Mahayoga Tantras of the Nyingmapa School. This particular composition depict Vajrakila of the Longchen Nyingtig Tradition surrounded byy the lineage teachers and other deities of that specific system.

Sanskrit: Vajrakila

Jeff Watt 11-2000

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