Chakrasamvara with Consort Vajravarahi
- dated by inscription 1682
- Catalog Number
- C2004.5.1 (HAR 65292)
- Rubin Museum of Art
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Bodhisattvas aspire to become awakened like the Buddha and are dedicated to helping others achieve enlightenment.
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.
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