Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Cycle
Tibet (Sakya School); ca. 1456
Pigments on cloth
C2007.6.1 (HAR 81826)
This exquisite thangka is the thirteenth painting in a set depicting the mandalas of the Vajravali cycle, a compendium of esoteric teachings compiled by the eleventh-century Indian master Abhayakaragupta and widely transmitted in Tibet. It features four mandalas and numerous figures between them belonging to two deity assemblies that, although not described in the Vajravali text, relate to the top two mandalas.
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