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Vairochana, the Transcendent Buddha of the Center

Date:
9th–early 10th century
Culture:
Pakistan (possibly Gilgit region)
Medium:
Bronze with silver inlay
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm); W. 7 7/16 in. (18.9 cm); D. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, Louis V. Bell and Fletcher Funds, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.218.7
Not on view
Vairochana is the presiding deity in the group of the five Transcendent Buddhas of Esoteric Buddhism. Lions are his traditional mounts.
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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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