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Vairochana, the Supreme Transcendent Buddha

Thakuri period
11th–12th century
Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
Gilt-copper alloy with gold paint and blue pigment
H. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm); W. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); D. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Wt. 6 lbs (2.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1991
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 252
Vairochana is the original of the five Transcendent Buddhas of Vajrayana Buddhism, identified by his hands held in bodhyagri mudra, an esoteric gesture denoting the zenith of the universe. Considered the primoridal Buddha, he is understood to reside at the center of Buddhist cosmology.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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