Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mandala of Chakrasamvara (Buddhist Deity)

འཁོར་ལོ་བདེ་མཆོག། ནང་ལྷ། 勝樂金剛 (全图)
(item no. 87239)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya, Ngor (Sakya) and Buddhist
Size 77.40x45.50cm (30.47x17.91in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Catalogue # acc. #65.616, Bequest of Daisy Virginia Holde
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Chakrasamvara Sixty-two Deity Mandala (Tibetan: khor lo de chog lha drug chu tsa nyi pa'i kyil khor) from the tradition of the mahasiddha Luipa.

Tibetan: Khor lo dem chog

Within the center of the two-dimensional circular diagram (mandala) representing the top view of a three-dimensional celestial palace and surroundings is the tutelary deity Chakrasamvara, blue-black in colour, with four faces and twelve hands. In the first pair of hands are a vajra and bell crossed at the heart embracing the consort red Vajrayogini, surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness. Radiating outward are five circles of variously coloured retinue figures.

Jeff Watt 4-2001

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