Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrakila (Eight Pronouncements)

རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕུར་པ། 金刚普巴(本尊)
(item no. 543)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma
Size 69.85x46.99cm (27.50x18.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Black Background on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1996.32.6
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.

Sanskrit: Vajrakila

See painting number 568, Ekajati, from the same set and by the same artist.

Jeff Watt 11-2000

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Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 3
Tradition: Nyingma Deity Paintings
Painting Type: Black Ground Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Vajrakila Main Page
Buddhist Deity: Eight Pronouncement Heruka