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Mandala of Raktayamari

Attributed to Mikyo Dorje
late 14th century
Central Tibet
Distemper on cloth
Image: 37 1/2 x 30 in. (95.3 x 76.2 cm) Framed: 48 1/8 x 33 in. (122.2 x 83.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Zimmerman Family Collection, 2012
Accession Number:
Not on view
At the center of this mandala, Raktayamari (Red Yamari) is seen in union with his consort, an emanation of himself. He and his consort trample his enemy Yama, the god of death. Radiating from the central square are four differently colored manifestations of Yamari, also depicted in yab-yum (sexual union). The precision, strong colors, and animated line work suggest the hand of a master painter. An inscription identifies the work as a meditation tangka belonging to Kunga Lekpa, likely depicted at lower left, one of the teachers of the great Tibetan theologian Tsong Khapa (1357–1419). The master painter Mikyo Dorje is known to have been active at this time.
Inscription: Inscribed: “[This tangka] was made as the precious possession of the holy lama of Changphuk, the learned, venerable Kunga Lekpa”
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