Mandala of Chakrasamvara
Distemper on cloth, Bhutan, 19th century
Chakrasamvara at the center, blue-black in colour, with four faces and twelve hands. In the first pair of hands are a vajra and bell embracing the consort Vajrayogini, surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness, surrounded by eight petals containing variously colored yoginis and encircled by a black band of gilt vajras, the structure is divided into the four directional colors of yellow, red, blue and white with corresponding gates and ritual implements and tiny siddhas in the green field, all framed by a lotus and foliate rainbow ring. The outer dark blue field with siddhas and lineages masters at the top center and four corners. Abraded gilt inscriptions under each figure, mounted and stretched with Japanese silks.
Image: 28 x 21 in. (71 x 53.3 cm)