himalayan buddhist art


Saṃvara with his consort Vajravārāhī

Saṃvara, which means “Union” in Sanskrit, is a protective deity (Heruka) in Vajrayāna Buddhism. Believed to be an emanation of the Akṣobhya Buddha, Saṃvara is worshipped as a twelve armed (dvādaśabhuja) four faced (caturmukha) form. Often depicted in Tibetan iconography in yab-yam embrace with his consort Vajravārāhī.

12th Century Stone Sculpture, Tibet  

Ashmolean Centre, Oxford