deity of a tantric mandala
paint on paper
Western Himalayas, 11th-12th cent.
size: 16,5 x 14,8 cm.
This deity is very similar of those on the wall-paintings in Tabo-monastery (Himachal Pradesh), see f.i.: Deborah E. Klimbirg-Salter, Tabo, a Lamp for the Kingdom. Early Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Western Himalaya, Milano 1997, p. 114-115.
Also: Pratapaditya Pal, Himalayas, An Aesthetic Adventure, Chicago 2003, nr. 93-94 (p. 144-145).