On this silk tapestry from the early 13th-century Xixia Kingdom (in present-day
Chinese Central Asia), the Buddhist god Vighnantaka, the "Obstacle-Destroyer,"
crushes the Hindu gods Shiva beneath his right foot and Ganesha beneath his
left. The five Transcendent Buddhas preside in the panel above Vighnantaka's
head, while five Dakinis dance beneath the scene. See the original in the
Cleveland Museum of Art.


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