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Vairochana, the Transcendent Buddha of the Center

9th–early 10th century
Pakistan (possibly Gilgit region)
Bronze with silver inlay
H. 13 in. (33 cm); W. 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm); D. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Louis V. Bell and Fletcher Funds, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
Vairochana is the presiding deity in the group of the five Transcendent Buddhas of Esoteric Buddhism. Lions are his traditional mounts.
Columbia University
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lotus Transcendent: Indian and Southeast Asian Art from the Samuel Eilenberg Collection," October 2, 1991–June 28, 1992.

Sydney. Art Gallery of New South Wales. "Buddha: Transcending Space and Time," November 10, 2001–February 24, 2002.

New York. Rubin Museum of Art. "The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide," October 3, 2014–April 13, 2015.

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