Attributes of rDo-rje 'Jigs-byed (Sanskrit Vajrabhairava, 'The Fear-Inspiring One') in a 'Rgyan tshogs' Banner

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The subject of this painting is Vajrabhairava (Tibetan rDo-rje 'Jigs-byed; Dor je jig je; Dorje Jikje; 'The Fear-Inspiring One'). He is one of the forms of Yamāntaka, the 'destroyer of death whose name is Yama'. In this set of 15 Rgyan Tshogs (offering-scene murals), Vajrabhairava is the central deity. From the inscription on the top of the back of the banner, it is clear that it is Vajrabhairava and that his is the central position in the temple, with seven banners on the left-hand side and seven banners on the right-hand side. Vajrabhairava is a meditational deity rather than a protector, and the 14 protector deities around him are present to safeguard the spiritual accomplishments which he confers through meditation.

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Attributes of rDo-rje 'Jigs-byed (Sanskrit Vajrabhairava, 'The Fear-Inspiring One') in a 'Rgyan tshogs' Banner


distemper on linen


H 62 x W 49 cm

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presumed to be part of the collection formed by Henry S. Wellcome

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