Heruka with Consort
- Kham region, eastern Tibet
- 19th century
- Pigments on cloth
- Catalog Number
- F1997.14.1 (HAR 224)
- Rubin Museum of Art
- Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
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