The Secret Union of Enlightenment
This beautiful and provocative 15th-century gilt bronze sculpture of the deity Guhyasamaja — meaning "secret union" — can be read as a cosmic mandala. Docent Bill Kinsey discusses the symbolic features of this sacred Buddhist image and its power in Vajrayana Buddhism.
“Take out” a taste of art! Join museum docents and fellow art lovers for interactive lunchtime encounters with selected artworks from the collection. We’ll gather in a Zoom meeting to look closely at compelling works using high-resolution images and learn some fun facts. Each week will focus on a different topic. Simply turn on your microphone to join the discussion.
Closed captions are available. Takeout Tuesdays will be offered every Tuesday while social distancing requirements curtail our on-site programming.
The Buddhist deity Guhyasamaja, 1400–1500. China; Beijing, Ming dynasty (1368–1644). Bronze with gilding. Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B64B23. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
The Asian Art Museum Docent Program is generously supported by the Dhanam Foundation and Society for Asian Art.