Twelve-Armed Chakrasamvara and His Consort Vajravarahi

India (Bengal) or Bangladesh

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 238

A popular Vajrayana deity in Bengal and Bangladesh, Chakrasamvara holds a range of weapons and stands in sexual embrace with his consort Vajravarahi on the prone bodies of two demons. The Chakrasamvara Tantra (a tantric text devoted to this deity) allowed a learned practitioner to invoke this fierce protector in times of need, perhaps explaining his popularity in Nepal and Tibet.

Twelve-Armed Chakrasamvara and His Consort Vajravarahi, Phyllite, India (Bengal) or Bangladesh

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