Himalayan Art Resources

Buddhist Deity: Hevajra (Weak Examples, Painting)

Hevajra Religious Context

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Backward Animals: 49062
- Backward Gods: 90344
- Missing Gods or Animals: 73743
- Eight Faces Colours:
- Upper Face: 11724, 8963
- Unknown Iconography: 89169
- Hevajra (Best Examples)
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All of the examples of paintings below have problem or errors in the depiction of the iconography. The animals in the skullcups held in the eight right hands face inward toward Hevajra. The animals in the left hands face outward away from Hevajra. Sometimes the animals and gods are missing because a painting has been restored and the artist did not know the iconography or hand attributes.

The upper, topmost face, is described as smokey coloured. Many artists colour the upper face the same as the central blue face. With black ground paintings the six side faces are often left as black with only the outline distinguishing each face. The artist will sometimes shade the different faces in alternating gradients of colour to achieve a better contrast.

Hevajra with four legs can generally appear in two different types of standing posture. The first and more common of the forms stands with a right leg and a left leg down and with the second right and left legs raised in a dancing posture. The second Hevajra stance found in art is with the two right legs standing, pressed to the ground, and the two left legs raised in a dancing posture.

Jeff Watt, 9-2021

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the Hevajra Main Page).