Four Mandalas of the Vajravali SeriesFour Mandalas of the Vajravali Series
Central Tibet, Tsang (Ngor Monastery), Sakya order
Thangka, gouache on cotton
35 x 29 in. (88.9 x 73.7 cm)
Most Tibetan art was created in connection with the complex rituals and meditational practices of Vajrayana Buddhism (the Diamond Path), in which mandalas (cosmic diagrams) are employed as visual representations of the sacred realms inhabited by a host of deities.