|Date Range||1600 - 1699|
|Lineages||Sakya and Buddhist|
|Material||Metal, Mercuric Gild, Painted Face/Hair, Precious Stone, Stone Inset: Turquoise|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
Vajra Nairatmya (Tib.: dor je dag me ma. English: the Selfless One, or Egoless One): from the Hevajra Tantra a very early and important text of the Vajrayana tradition of Buddhism. Nairatmya is a meditational deity and partner to Hevajra. There are many different forms and combinations of forms for the two deities, alone, or as a couple in an ecstatic embrace.
"Vajra Nairatma, [with] a body black in colour, one face and two hands. The right [hand] holds aloft a curved knife and the left a skullcup to the heart, and carrying a katvanga [in the bend of] the elbow. Having three eyes and bared fangs. Yellow hair bristling upwards. A crown of five dry human skulls and a necklace of fifty. Adorned with the five ornaments of bone. Wearing a lower garment of tiger skin. Standing on a corpse seat in a dancing manner with the left leg extended in a half [vajrasana] posture." (Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557).
Jeff Watt, 6-2006
(This sculpture was gifted to the Rubin Museum in 2019).
Tibetan Printed Script (Uchen)
English Transliteration: Homage to Nairatmya!
Wylie Transliteration: bdag med ma la na ma.