Stele with Transcendental Buddhas and Goddesses
- India: West Bengal or Bangladesh
- c. 1050-1100
- 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:
- © The Norton Simon Foundation
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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