India, Karnataka, Mysore, 13th century; Chloritic schist, 116.6 x 49.23 cm
The Cleveland Museum of Art: John L. Severance Fund
For tantric yogis, the Hindu deity Bhairava was both transcendent guru and the god they became through initiation and practice. Like Bhairava, they haunted cremation grounds, which provided the ashes they smeared on their bodies and the skull cups that they carried.
Image and caption courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery