Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Vajravarahi

Date:
ca. 17th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Gilt-copper alloy inlaid with semiprecious stones
Dimensions:
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); Wt. 2 lbs (.9 kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mavis Pudding, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.504
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.
Mavis Pudding , Croton-on-Hudson, NY (until 1979; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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