Stele with Transcendental Buddhas and Goddesses

Place Made:
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 
On View

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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