This thangka, or painting on cloth, shows the multi-headed, multi-limbed, buffalo-horned god Vajrabhairava stomping on his enemies. Barely visible against him is his similarly fierce (and blue) female partner, Vajravetali. Vajrabhairava is one of Buddhism’s most intimidating deities. His worship is only for advanced practitioners. His alternate name, Yamantaka (Conqueror of Death), celebrates his role in combatting both the fear of mortality and mortality itself.
Color on cloth
Image: 33 x 21 1/2 in. (83.8 x 54.6 cm)
Frame: 59 1/8 x 35 1/2 in. (150.2 x 90.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger
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Anonymous. Vajrabhairava Yamantaka, 19th century. Color on cloth, Image: 33 x 21 1/2 in. (83.8 x 54.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger, 69.164.9 (Photo: Image courtesy of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, George Roos,er, 69.164.9.jpg)
overall, 69.164.9.jpg. Image courtesy of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, George Roos, photographer, 2002
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