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Title

Hevajra mandala

late 12th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This work is a three-dimensional mandala, or cosmic diagram, of Hevajra, who is the chief deity of the Tantric (Vajrayana) Buddhist path to enlightenment. Unlike Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, the Tantric school believed that, with serious application and the guidance of a religious teacher, an initiate could achieve enlightenment in this life. The main exercise was meditation. While meditating, the practitioner focused all his mental energy on a deity, in this case Hevajra, thereby transferring to himself the characteristics of the deity. The cult of Hevajra flourished in Cambodia between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. Here Hevajra stands in the centre on an eight-petalled lotus surrounded by dakhinis, minor female divinities in Tantric Buddhism, and one unidentified other figure.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 2011


Details


Place where the work was made

Cambodia


Cultural origin

Khmer


Date

late 12th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

39.0 x 23.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Goldie Sternberg Southeast Asian Art Purchase Fund 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

1.2001



Place

Where the work was made
Cambodia

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history