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Aureole with Hevajra and Yoginis, 12th century

Thailand, Phimai (?), 1100-1199
12-1/8 x 13 in. (30.8 x 33.0 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Pratap and Chitra Pal
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This halo was once attached to the back of a deity's head, most likely that of a Buddha. At the apex of the halo is a figure of the god Hevajra, who has eight heads, four legs and sixteen arms and dances upon a solar disk. Hevajra tramples the four demons of illusion and is therefore an appropriate emblem for a halo.

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