Arts & Culture

Red Yamari flanked by Virupa and Dombi Heruka

17th century

Rubin Museum of Art
Rubin Museum of Art

At the center of this painting, placed on a large lotus throne, is Red Yamari (Raktayamari) holding a vajra-stick and a skullcup and embracing his consort Vajravetali. The couple are flanked by two great adepts, Virupa on the left and Dombi Heruka riding a tigress along with his tantric consort on the right. These flanking figures are the first lineage holders of the teachings of this deity. At the top of the painting Vajrasattva is flanked by the red Vajradharma and the green Vajravidarana, the principal bodhisattvas of three Buddha families, and four mahasiddhas. At the bottom, the protector Vajrapani is flanked by Green and White Tara.

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Details

  • Title: Red Yamari flanked by Virupa and Dombi Heruka
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 22 3/8 x 17 1/4 in.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2006.66.91
  • Medium: Pigments on cloth
  • Place of Creation: Tibet
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson, MD, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (11/05/99 - 12/10/99), Tibet House, New York, NY, "Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion" (04/27/99 - 09/25/99), Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (06/05/98 - 06/21/98), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (03/29/98 - 05/29/98), Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (01/16/98 - 03/16/98), Tibet House Cultural Center, New York, NY, "Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet" (04/01/96 - 11/15/97)

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