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Interior of a Book Cover: Manjuvajra Embracing His Consort, with Attendant Lamas

Date:
late 13th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Distemper on wood
Dimensions:
16 3/4 x 5 5/8 in. (42.5 x 14.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Louis V. Bell Fund, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
Paintings on the interiors of book covers consecrate and protect the sacred texts within. The Buddhist deity Manjuvajra is an esoteric expression of the wisdom bodhisattva Manjushri and is seen here in a sexual embrace with one of the wisdom goddesses, or Vidyadharas. Here, Manjushri and his consort wield identical weapons to drive away impediments to spiritual awakening. Meditations on Manjuvajra are understood to specifically enhance memory and intelligence, necessary tools on the path to wisdom.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet," October 6, 1998–January 17, 1999.

Zurich. Museum Rietberg. "Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet," February 14, 1999–May 16, 1999.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Arts of Nepal and Tibet: Recent Gifts," January 16, 2016–January 15, 2017.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal," December 16, 2017–December 16, 2018.

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