Death-defying deity: What happens when the bodhisattva of wisdom subdues the lord of death? The deity Vajrabhairava takes form. In our art of the week, Vajrabhairava looks fearsome, depicted with the Lord of Death’s terrifying buffalo head and many arms holding different weapons. But they’re topped by the head of Manjushri, bodhisattva of wisdom, revealing his true, compassionate nature.
Rubin Museum, C2005.25.1 (HAR68853)