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Image of Dancing Vajravarahi

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Dancing Vajravarahi

Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: Tibet

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Type: Silver Sculpture
Medium and Support: Silver
Credit Line: Gift of Eugene and Marian Gabrych
Accession Number: 2006.387.a-c
Dimensions: 4 in. x 1 7/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. (10.16 cm x 4.76 cm x 4.13 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gabrych, Fallbrook, California ( - December 20, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 20, 2006 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
Vajravarahi is a female Buddha, one who has achieved enlightenment. Nonetheless she appears a rather fearsome creature who holds the accoutrements of the chopper, skull bowl, and a staff topped with three heads in varying stages of decay. A being of delusion is crushed underfoot, and her garland of grinning skulls refers to her conquest over the ego. The two attributes of her name can also be found in the image—a vajra, or thunderbolt, and the varahi, or sow, symbolizing delusion.

Last Updated: 4/14/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Tastes in Asian Art Rotation , 5/28/2005 - 11/6/2005

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

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