Country/Culture: Possibly Nepal or Tibet
Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 in. (11.1 x 8.3 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Edward and Bertha Waldee. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, Unviersity Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Yamantaka is a Mahayana Buddhist figure popular in Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism. Yamantaka is sometimes manifested as the Buddha of wisdom, Manjushri. The origins of Yamantaka's name lies in Sanskrit translating to "the terminator of death". Within Buddhism, the termination of death is a quality of all Buddhas. Within the current Buddhist practices, Yamantaka represents the goal of a Mahayana practitioner's journey to enlightenment. The iconographies of Yamantaka most commonly depict him with nine heads, thirty-four arms, and sixteen legs.