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Brahmarupa Mahakala

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
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.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 3, 2011–December 9, 2012.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

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