Aug 7, 2012

Vajradhara, Nairatmya, and Mahasiddhas Virupa and Kanha

Vajradhara, Nairatmya, and Mahasiddhas Virupa and Kanha

c. 1450

Gum tempera and gold on cotton

Framed: 74.8 x 59.8 cm (29 7/16 x 23 9/16 in.); Overall: 57.5 x 50.2 cm (22 5/8 x 19 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1960.206



The first in a series depicting the masters who transmitted the teachings on how to reach enlightenment, this painting begins at the upper left with the dark blue Vajradhara, who represents the essence of all Buddhas. The female enlightened being Nairatmya is seated at the upper right. She transmitted the teachings to Virupa, the brown-skinned Indian yogi at the lower left, in a vision; his disciple Kanha is at the lower right.

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