Chakrasamvara embracing Vajravarahi
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ABS 148

 Code: ABS 148

  Country: Tibet

  Style: Late Pala Style

  Date: 1400 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.2 x 13.5 x 5.8

  Materials: Brass

Chakrasamvara in union

Trampling upon the obstacles to realization, the meditation deity (yidam) Chakrasamvara stands proudly, within a mass of wisdom fire. His slender, athletic, naked blue-skinned body is only adorned with bones and a tiger-skin loincloth. His twelve hands wield various attributes and unfurl a flayed elephant skin. He has four faces, his gaze is intense, and his fanged mouth is half-opened in an attitude known as “half-peaceful, half-wrathful”. In union, his red naked consort Vajravārāhī embraces his waist with her right leg and presents him with a blood-filled cranial cup. This peculiar form of the deity is linked to the specific tradition of an Indian master named Krishnacharya. There are many different forms of Chakrasamvara, a very popular yidam in Tibetan Buddhism, especially among the “new” schools of the second propagation of Dharma in Tibet.