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Tangka painting

Tangka
late 17th century (made)
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Place Of Origin

This scroll painting or tangka depicts the Goddess Vajravidarani in the centre surrounded by Indian and Tibetan religious teachers and other deities. In her right hand Vajravidarani holds a double vajra or visvavajra, the ultimate symbol of the stability of Buddhahood. In her left she holds a bell symbolising Wisdom. Between her eyebrows you can see the third eye of supernatural wisdom. This goddess is invoked in rituals of cleansing and purification.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gouache on cotton cloth
Brief Description
Thangka painiting of Goddess Vajravidarani goddess, Tibet, 18th century.
Physical Description
Goddess Vajravidarani surrounded by deities
Dimensions
  • Height: 89cm
  • Width: 62cm
Historical context
Scroll painting or tangka depicting the central figure of Vajravidarani, surrounded by other deities and Indian and Tibetan religious teachers.
Summary
This scroll painting or tangka depicts the Goddess Vajravidarani in the centre surrounded by Indian and Tibetan religious teachers and other deities. In her right hand Vajravidarani holds a double vajra or visvavajra, the ultimate symbol of the stability of Buddhahood. In her left she holds a bell symbolising Wisdom. Between her eyebrows you can see the third eye of supernatural wisdom. This goddess is invoked in rituals of cleansing and purification.
Collection
Accession Number
IM.32-1937

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record createdMarch 17, 2003
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