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Acala with Consort Vishvavajri

Period:
Malla period
Date:
1522–50
Culture:
Nepal, Kathmandu Valley
Medium:
Distemper on cotton
Dimensions:
Image: 34 1/8 × 25 7/8 in. (86.7 × 65.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Zimmerman Family Collection, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.456
Not on view
With its dazzling colors, dynamic figures, and imposing scale, this painting, a visualization of the Chandamaharoshana tantra—the meditational text devoted to Acala—ranks among the most powerful examples of sixteenth-century Nepalese art. Acala (literally, “immovable”) is a wrathful manifestation of Manjushri, the bodhisattva of wisdom and, in Nepalese Buddhism, a manifestation of Chakrasamvara. He is popularly associated with magic, healing, and protection from disease. Crowned, jeweled, and grasping a sword, Acala cuts through the veil of ignorance. His left hand, holding a vajra-tipped noose to catch the ignorant, gestures in admonition. He is locked in sexual embrace with his consort, Vishvavajri. The pair visually expresses the bliss of enlightenment that can be achieved by the combination of right knowledge and right method.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Tibetan and Nepalese Art: Recent Acquisitions," September 17, 2013–February 2, 2014.

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