Chakrasamvara and the Footprints of Drigungpa
Tibet (Drigung Kagyu School); prior to 1217
Pigments on cloth
C2003.7.1 (HAR 65205)
This drawing was not meant to be hung on the wall as a work of art, but once folded, and possibly placed in an amulet, it was intended solely for veneration. The work was developed around the footprints, which share a lotus throne with the deity between them. The shapes of the footprints have certainly been idealized, but the spot at the lower left may well have resulted from the application of original prints. This work has captions in red identifying each figure, making it a “rosetta stone” for identifying these figures in other paintings of this school.
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