On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253

Vajravarahi, a major deity in the Vajrayana tradition, witnesses the merging of Hindu iconography in the expanded Buddhist pantheon. This wrathful goddess has evolved from Varahi, one of the fearsome seven mother goddess of Hinduism, the Matrikas. Here she has lost the projecting boar head of earlier versions that linked her with Vishnu’s boar avatar Varaha.

Vajravarahi, Gilt-copper alloy inlaid with semiprecious stones, Tibet

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