Panel from a Buddhist Ritual Crown Depicting Vairocana


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This panel survives from one of the finest ritual crowns of the high period of Tibetan painting. Guarding the base of Vairocana’s crown are lions which also serve as his vehicle. Vairocana, who presides over the five Transcendent Buddhas, makes the esoteric bodhyagri gesture while holding a thunderbolt (vajra) scepter in his right hand. He wears a multi-tiered crown which is broadly contemporary.

Panel from a Buddhist Ritual Crown Depicting Vairocana, Distemper on wood, Tibet

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