|Date Range||1700 - 1799|
|Material||Ground: Textile Image, Embroidery|
|Collection||The Brooklyn Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc. #BMA 15.53|
Vayu (Tibetan: Lunglha): retinue deity of the Medicine Buddha Mandala of Fifty-one Deities. This textile belongs to a larger set depicting all fifty-one deities. (See Collection of All Tantras vol.1, page 117).
Vayu has one face and two hands holding a long staff extending up over the right shoulder; seated on a deer lying atop a lotus blossom seat. Clouds of various colours and an ornate canopy hover in the sky above. Five decorative Sanskrit mantra syllables rest on lotus cushions below.
32 (7). North-west, Vayu Deva, smoky-coloured, holding a banner, riding a deer.
The five syllable mantra written in lantsa script in the lower embroidered composition appears to be written clockwise, starting at the top, and reads 'om spha ra na kham.' The Sanskrit syllable 'kham' is special for the Buddha of the northern quarter of a mandala - Amoghasiddhi.
Jeff Watt 3-2002 [updated 11-2008]
Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (Ranjana script (Ornamental Sanskrit))