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The Beauty of Black (The Female Buddha Vajravarahi)

The Beauty of Black (The Female Buddha Vajravarahi)

The Beauty of Black (The Female Buddha Vajravarahi)

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Tibetan Buddhist Thangka Painting

13.0" x 19.5"
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This black thangka portrays a powerful image of the female Buddha Vajravarahi. She is the essence of the five kinds of knowledge, and is embodiment of sahaja pleasure. She can walk on water, a supernatural ability demonstrating her understanding of Emptiness. There are many forms of Vajravarahi according to attributes she carries in her hands. The present (first) form of Vajravarahi is invoked in those rituals, which are performed with the specific purpose of bewitching men and women. She is very popular in Nepal, Tibet and other Buddhist countries.

Her expression in this painting is extremely terrifying. The complexion of her body is black with a thick brown outlining. She stands in the attitude of dancing in ardhaparyanka on the back of a corpse, representing ignorance. Her upraised right hand is holding a vajra-marked chopper, and the left, held near the breast, a skull bowl filled with demon's blood. Her golden hair is upswept. Her three eyes are angry and staring. Her mouth is open, showing her teeth. She is wearing a crown of skulls with jewels. There is a head of sow on the top of her crown. Moreover she wears flowing scarves, human and elephant skins; jewel and bone ornaments and a garland of freshly severed human heads. Her hips are covered with a tiger skin. There is an arch shaped golden color aureole behind her body with wisdom fire fence.

The upper corners are filled with stylized clouds. The middle ground depicts high peaks, lakes, natural vegetation and mountainous landscape framed by clouds. The foreground is filled with rocks, lakes, natural vegetation and offerings. The lining and composition of the painting is excellent and represents the beauty of black. Moreover, the stark and dark background creates a serious mood. Thus, it is very much suitable for meditation and worship of Vajravarahi.

This description by Dr. Shailendra Kumar Verma, Ph.D. His doctorate thesis being on the "Emergence and Evolution of the Buddha Image (from its inception to 8th century A.D)."

References: A. Getty, The Gods Of Northern Buddhism, Tokyo, 1962

B. Bhattacharyya, The Indian Buddhist Iconography, Calcutta, 1968

M.M. Rhie & R. A. F. Thurman, The Sacred Art Of Tibet, London, 1996

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