- 17th century
- Gilt copper alloy with pigment
- Catalog Number
- F1997.12.4 (HAR 700040)
- Rubin Museum of Art
- Gift of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation
The Buddha, meaning awakened person, referred first to Shakyamuni, whose teachings became the foundation of Buddhism.
Tantric deities are the focus of esoteric religious practices (tantras) that aim to swiftly and radically transform a practitioner’s conventional understanding of reality.
Female tantric deities symbolize the wisdom aspect of the enlightened mind and and they can be peaceful or wrathful in appearance.
There are two kinds of deities that appear as wrathful, with flaming hair, bulging eyes, open mouths showing fangs, and garlands of severed heads.
Buddhist and Hindu traditions spread side by side in the same communities in India and Nepal, and some of the deities in the two religions are associated with similar myths.
Various religious practices now collectively called Hinduism worship a diverse group of gods (deva) and goddesses (devi).