Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Vajrabhairava with His Consort Vajravetali

18th–19th century
Tung oil stucco, wood, gold, cinnabar, and other pigments
7 1/2 x 6 in. (19.1 x 15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Kate Read Blacque, in memory of her husband, Valentine Alexander Blacque, by exchange, 1948
Accession Number:
Not on view
Buddhist ideology from Tibet became especially important to the Zanabazar tradition in Mongolia. There, Buddhism reached the nomadic population via tent/temple complexes moving across the plains. This unusual image is fabricated from a silt substrate bonded using tongue oil over a wire armature; it was then gilded and painted in an effort to simulate metal. No comparable example is known, making it an especially rare object, speaking to an otherwise-lost image-making tradition.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

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