USHNISHAVIJAYA

USHNISHAVIJAYA

Ushnishavijaya, also called “the great mother of all Buddhas” and presented here within the bum-pa of a large stupa, is the queen of Enlightenment of which the Ushnisha (cranial elevation following Enlightenment itself) is the most obvious symbol. Considered an emanation of the Buddha Vairochana, he is one of the three deities of the Tibetan pantheon (together with Amitayus and Sitatara) subject to rituals for the extension of life.
White in color and young in appearance, it has three heads and eight arms (the lateral heads are respectively yellow and blue).
Sitting in Vajrasana inside the Stupa, she carries the Vishvavajra in front of her chest with the two central hands, raises an image of the Buddha with her outermost right and holds the vase of the Water of Life with her left hand resting on her lap. With the other hands he holds the bow and arrow and performs Varadamudra and Abhayamudra.

Details

  • Title : USHNISHAVIJAYA
  • Year : XVIII-XIX century
  • Classification : Paintings
  • Medium : Tempera on cotton
  • Dimension : 66 cm x 47 cm
  • Accession No : OBJECT NUMBER Ht / 22.D
  • Country/ Geo-location : Nepal
  • Museum : Museum of Oriental Art (Turin)