Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Mahottara Heruka (Buddhist Deity)

ཆེ་མཆོག་ཧེ་རུ་ཀ། 嘿噜嘎 (八大法)
(item no. 91022)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma
Size 93.98x55.88cm (37x22in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Erie Art Museum
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Mahottara Heruka (Tibetan: trag tung). Wrathful, blue-black, with nine heads and eighteen hands, he embraces the consort; standing on a sun disc and lotus seat encircled by orange flames. Eight retinue deities surround the central figure and three protectors stand at the bottom center. At the top, in a sphere of light, is the primordial Buddha Vajradhara with various Nyingma lineage lamas sitting at the sides.

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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