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Title

Hevajra mandala

late 12th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 14 publications

  • Provenance

    Gertrude Woodtli, pre 2001, Männendorf/Switzerland

    John Eskenazi, Feb 2001, London/England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2001.