Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mandala of Buddhasamayoga (Buddhist Deity)

(item no. 770)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Uncertain
Size 26.67x24.13cm (10.50x9.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1998.28.1
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Buddhasamayoga (Tibetan: sang gye nyam jor. English: Secret Union of the Enlightened One) arising from the tantra of the same name.

Wrathful in appearance, blue in colour, he has four faces and eight hands. The first pair embrace the consort Ishvari. In a dancing posture atop a corpse he stands in the center of a lotus surrounded by eight seated figures of various colour. Four further attendants and four door guardians sit outside of that.

At the four corners of the top and bottom are sixteen seated buddha figures all identical in appearance.

Jeff Watt 3-2000

Secondary Images
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Mandala: Main Page
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 8
Hindu Deity: Shiva Iconography (Buddhist List)
Buddhist Deity: Buddhasamayoga
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Mandala