The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 29, 2016

Hevajra, c. 1200

bronze, Overall: 46.00 x 23.90 cm (18 1/16 x 9 3/8 inches). Gift of Maxeen and John Flower in honor of Dr. Stanislaw Czuma 2011.143

Dancing Hevajra was the main figural image used in the Khmer territories between the 11th and 13th centuries to indicate the practice of Buddhist rituals and meditations set forth in a text called the Hevajra Tantra. Hevajra is a powerful form of Akshobhya, Buddha of the East, who emanated to explain a quick path to enlightenment. The text describes him with eight heads and four legs, surrounded by eight female enlightened beings who dance in a circle, each holding a different implement.

This elegantly lithe and dynamic sculpture is in exceptionally good condition. Technical studies indicate that it was buried in a vessel that filled with water underground, which explains the unusual gray patina.

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