Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Sarasvati (Indian Goddess & Buddhist Deity)

དབྱངས་ཅན་མ། 辯才天女
(item no. 59724)
Origin Location Bhutan
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Vajra Sarasvati, Wrathful and Secret Vajra Sarasvati (Tib.: dor je yang chen ma mar mo): from the Krishna Yamari Tantra.

"Vajra Sarasvati, with three faces and six hands. The main face is red, the right blue and the left white. The three right hands hold, a lotus, sword and curved knife. The three left, a wheel, jewel and skullcup. Having jewel ornaments and garments of silk. Seated in a manner of ease with the left leg extended." (Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557).

Jeff Watt 6-2006

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