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Seated Buddha and Vajradhara
Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 1800-1900
Object Name: Sutra cover
Materials: Gold ink and colors on paper
Dimensions: H. 6 3/4 in x L. 24 1/4 in, H. 17 cm x L. 61.7 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Katherine Ball
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Books And Manuscripts
Object Number: B72D65
On Display: No

Description

Label: The Buddha Shakyamuni occupies the leftmost position on this gold-on-black manuscript cover. An inscription in Mongolian follows. At the far right of the manuscript cover sits the cosmic Buddha Vajradhara (Lightning Holder). He teaches the edgier aspects of Himalayan Buddhism—including violent and sexual teachings. Given its potentially unsettling nature, such instruction is typically reserved for more advanced practitioners; the black-ground paintings and manuscripts that present these teachings are often kept hidden in special chambers of the monastery.
Label: The Buddha Shakyamuni occupies the leftmost position on this gold-on-black manuscript cover. An inscription in Mongolian follows. At the far right of the manuscript cover sits the cosmic Buddha Vajradhara (Lightning Holder). He teaches the edgier aspects of Himalayan Buddhism—including violent and sexual teachings. Given its potentially unsettling nature, such instruction is typically reserved for more advanced practitioners; the black-ground paintings and manuscripts that present these teachings are often kept hidden in special chambers of the monastery.