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Brahmarupa Mahakala

17th century
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
Brahmarupa, a benign form of the wrathful deity Mahakala, is shown as a bearded nomadic ascetic, sitting on a corpse, wearing a bone apron and holding a thighbone trumpet and a skull cup. A protector of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, he is credited with introducing the Hevajra Tantra, an important Vajrayana text, to the Sakya hierarchs.
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