Stele with Transcendental Buddhas and Goddesses

Stele with Transcendental Buddhas and Goddesses
Creator:
India: West Bengal or Bangladesh
Date:
c. 1050-1100
Medium:
Chlorite 
Dimensions:
27-7/8 x 15-1/2 x 4-3/4 in. (70.8 x 39.4 x 12.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1972.41.S 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
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Description

This is a rare image of one of the five transcendental Buddhas of the Vajrayana pantheon. He holds attributes of both Vajrasatva and Manjusri, two other important Buddhist deities, and is accompanied by four goddesses. Noteworthy are the multiple heads and arms, which signify the figures cosmic nature, and the leaping tongues of flames in the background.

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