A thangka of Chakrasamvara
Distemper on cloth, Tibet, 17th/18th century
Standing in alidhasana the blue yidam has four heads and twelve arms, the primary hands hold a vajra and bell and embrace the consort Vajravarahi and the top hands hold a flayed elephant skin out-stretched, third right a damaru, fourth an axe, fifth a trident, sixth a curved knife. The third left holds a katvanga marked with a vajra, fourth a vajra noose, fifth a blood filled skullcup, sixth carries the four-faced head of Brahma.
Each head has a crown of five dry human skulls and he wears a necklace of fifty freshly severed heads and six bone ornaments. Wearing a lower garment of tiger skin the right leg is straight and presses on the breast of the red female Kalaratri. The left is bent and presses on the head of the black male Yama. In the lap is the Mother Vajravarahi, with a body red in color, one face, two hands and three eyes. The left embraces the Father and the right holds a curved knife extended upwards, she wears the corresponding crown and skull necklace and embraces him with both legs on orange sun disc and multi-colored lotus blossom within a red mandorla and blazing orange ring of pristine awareness fire. Directly in front are four yoginis yellow, red, white and green, each with four arms holding a ritual chopper and skull bowl and trident.
The upper section with Vajrasattva in center, blue in color, holding a ghanta and vajra seated on a lotus platform encircled by blossoms and large leaves. On the left is the mahasiddha Luipa seated on an deer skin with a wild expression eating fish intestines. One the right a yellow hat lama with right his hand held in the teaching gesture (vitarka mudra) and the left holding a sutra in his lap. Framed within original silks
image: 50 x 35 ½ in. (127 x 90 cm)
- Please note that in the catalog and online the size is reported as 50 x 35 1/2 in. This is the size of the silk. The image size is 37 1/2 x 24 in.