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Yamantaka, Destroyer of the God of Death, early 18th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1969 (69.71) | Yamantaka is a violent aspect of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, who assumes this form to vanquish Yama, the god of death.

Yamantaka, Destroyer of the God of Death, early 18th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1969 (69.71) | Yamantaka is a violent aspect of the Bodhisattva Manjushri, who assumes this form to vanquish Yama, the god of death.

A man in the snow, via Flickr. Hundreds of prayer flags—a symbol of blessing in Tibet—offer colorful contrast to a stark winter scene. Image: Elaine Won

A man in the snow, via Flickr. Hundreds of prayer flags—a symbol of blessing in Tibet—offer colorful contrast to a stark winter scene. Image: Elaine Won

Buddha Amoghasiddhi with Eight Bodhisattvas [Tibet (Central regions)] (1991.74)…

Buddha Amoghasiddhi with Eight Bodhisattvas [Tibet (Central regions)] (1991.74)…

Amitayus/Amitabha Buddha in His Paradise, c.1700, a Tibetan painting on cloth; the buddha of eternal life is depicted in his paradise, Sukhaviati, the Western Pure Land, enthroned beneath a flowering tree 'festooned with jewels and auspicious symbols'. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Amitayus/Amitabha Buddha in His Paradise, c.1700, a Tibetan painting on cloth; the buddha of eternal life is depicted in his paradise, Sukhaviati, the Western Pure Land, enthroned beneath a flowering tree 'festooned with jewels and auspicious symbols'. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Mandala of Jnanadakini, late 14th century  Tibet (a Sakya monastery)  Distemper on cloth

Mandala of Jnanadakini, late 14th century Tibet (a Sakya monastery) Distemper on cloth

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