Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Guhyasamaja (Buddhist Deity) - Akshobhyavajra

གསང་བ་འདུས་པ། ནང་ལྷ། 密集金刚(佛教本尊)
(item no. 90529)
Origin Location Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Semi-Peaceful

Gender: Male

TBRC: W25350

Interpretation / Description

Akshobhyavajra, Guhyasamaja (Tibetan: mi kyo dor je, sang wa du pa. English: the Unshakeable Vajra, Secret Assembly). The chief meditational deity of the Father (method) classification of Anuttarayoga Tantra, surrounded by eight attendant retinue deities. This composition belongs to a much larger set of paintings depicting the twenty-seven special deities of the Kagyu Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism as it came down through the Karma kagyu sub-school.

Jeff Watt 5-2000

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