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Tibet

Paramasukha-Chakrasamvara Father-Mother

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Object Details

Culture

Tibet

Date

18th century

Medium

Thangka: opaque watercolors and gold on cotton

Dimensions

25 x 19 inches (63.5 x 48.3 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leroy S. Lavine

Object
Number

81.086.001

The blue-skinned tantric Buddhist deity Paramasukha (Supreme Bliss) Chakrasamvara (Wheel Integration(…)

The blue-skinned tantric Buddhist deity Paramasukha (Supreme Bliss) Chakrasamvara (Wheel Integration) is shown here in union with his red-skinned female consort Vajravarahi. In this mystic form they represent the blissful union of compassion and wisdom that is the essence of enlightenment. He embraces his consort with two arms, held crossed in the HUM-sound gesture and holding a vajra and bell. In four of his right hands he holds a damaru drum, a vajra chopper, a trident and an ax. Four of his left hands hold a staff, a severed four-faced Brahma head, a skull bowl, and a lasso. With his back two hands he lifts the freshly flayed skin of the elephant of ignorance. A garland of skulls and heads is present along with his tiger-skin loincloth. The two main deities appear in a verdant landscape, a feature of many eighteenth-century Tibetan paintings that show influence from Chinese painting.

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