A THANGKA DEPICTING VAJRABHAIRAVA AND VAJRAVETALI TIBET, 18TH CENTURY
18,000 - 25,000 USD
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- Distemper on cloth
- Height 26 in., 66 cm; Width 19 in., 48.3 cm
the central figures standing in alidhasana, trampling underfoot a multitude of animals and deities, wearing the five-pointed crowns and the six bone ornaments, Vajrabhairava and consort holding kartrika in the primary right hands and kapala in the primary left hands, the auxiliary hands holding a variety of weapons, surrounded by twelve wrathful protectors and consorts, with Manjushri, Vajradhara and Geluk lineage holders in the upper register, the wrathful offerings of the six senses and further wrathful deities in the lower register, framed in a textile mount
Private California collection, acquired in the 1940s, by repute.
Compare the iconography of the current work to another 18th Century thangka depicting Vajrabhairava and Consort, see John C. Huntington and Dina Bangdel, The Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art, Chicago, 2003, pp. 470-1.