An image of Hevajra mandala

Unknown Artist

Hevajra mandala

Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Khmer
Year
late 12th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
39.0 x 23.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Goldie Sternberg Southeast Asian Art Purchase Fund 2001
Accession number
1.2001