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Loan Object

Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi

11th–12th century

Limestone

4 × 3 × 1 1/2 in. (10.16 × 7.62 × 3.81 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2016.30.1
Representations depicting guardian deities embracing consorts illustrate the union of wisdom and compassion at the heart of Buddhism. Chakrasamvara’s multiple heads and arms denote his potency, while the trampled beings symbolize the flaws that must be overcome to attain enlightenment.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Pala period (ca. 750–1100)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.