Kalsang Lodoe Oshoe
Tibetan, born 1954
Yamantaka Vajrabhairava Father-Mother, 2006
Tangka: opaque watercolors and gold on cloth
This scroll depicts the buffalo-headed blue Yamantaka Vajrabhairava, the Death Tamer and Diamond Terrifier. With multiple heads, arms, and legs, he represents the fiercesome aspect of Manjusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom. In this powerful manifestation Yamantaka is shown with his blue consort, Vajravetali, in the father-mother embrace that symbolizes the perfect union of wisdom and compassion. A potent ring of flames encircles the couple, while animals and humans are shown beneath their feet. Yamanataka and his consort together represent victory over ignorance and death.
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Notting Hill, London