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Image of Hayagriva

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Creation date: 15th century
Creation place: Tibet

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Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Elsie S. Kimberly Bequest
Accession Number: 1968.17
Dimensions: 16 1/4 in. x 12 1/2 in. x 5 3/4 in. (41.28 cm x 31.75 cm x 14.61 cm)
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N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York, New York ( - April 12, 1968)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 12, 1968 - )

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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
In Tibetan Buddhism, Hayagriva serves as a protector and guardian of sacred knowledge. His name means “He Who Has the Neck of a Horse,” which is why three diminutive horses’ heads emerge from his hair. Hayagriva is shown bearded and stout with flaming hair, and his mouth is open because it is through sound— his terrifying neigh— that Hayagriva dispels demons and afflictions. He is adorned with jewelry typical of wrathful manifestations of bodhisattvas, including a distinctive wheel ornament, which refers to the teachings of the Buddha.

Last Updated: 3/27/2018


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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Dr. Caron Smith. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 93, Figure Number: 93

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