Chakrasamvara and Red Vajravarahi
China, 17th-18th century
Gilded metal alloy with coral and semiprecious stone inlays
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art; Formerly Sven Hedin Collections and Vincent Bendix Collections; Purchased at Parke-Bernet Galleries, October 6, 1945
This statue was cast in five pieces and has inlays of corals and other stones. The standing Chakrasamvara closely embraces his consort, Red Vajravarahi, symbolizing the union of wisdom and compassion (yab-yum). Chakrasamvara is an important tantric meditational deity.