Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, late 18th century
China: Qing Dynasty, 1750-1799
Gilt bronze inlaid with gemstones and pigments
In this dramatic image, Chakrasamvara, whose name means “joined to the wheel of wisdom and bliss,” is locked in a sensual embrace with his spouse Vajravarahi. Their coupling, known as yab-yum, or “father-mother” posture, symbolizes the union of wisdom and compassion. Each of Chakrasamvara’s four faces has a fierce expression, a third eye and a skull tiara. In addition, he wears garlands of skulls and severed heads, and his 12 arms hold various attributes: a lasso and arrow, as well as a thunderbolt and bell in his principal hands, crossed in front of Vajravarahi. The other symbolic weapons, which were attached separately, have been lost over time.
The Norton Simon Art Museum
Rueda de la sabiduría y la felicidad.
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Anastasia Matvienko, Mariinsky Theatre, Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Gene Schiavone.
In her early years, Anastasia picked up the folk dances that all children learn in her native Sevastapol, Ukraine. Anastasia did not begin her serious dance training until the late age of 14. Once she had decided to dance, she committed herself completely. She left home to study at the Kiev State Ballet Academy. Five years later, she graduated and joined the Kiev Ballet.
El arte de volar.