Date: early 14th century
Culture: Central Tibet
Medium: Distemper on wood
Dimensions: H. 11 3/4 in (29.8 cm); W. 5 1/8 in (13 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1997
Accession Number: 1997.152
Vairochana presides over the five Tathagatas (Transcendent Buddhas), an important group of deities of Vajrayana Buddhism. Guarding the base of Vairochana’s crown are lions that also serve as his vehicle. Vairochana makes the esoteric gesture bodhyagri, while holding a vajra (thunderbolt scepter) in his right hand.