Tibet, Vajrayogini – Naro Khechara

17th-18th century, Tibet, vajrayogini Nadakechari, bronze with cold gold, pigments, stones, at the Norbulingka in Lhasa

Although probably restored recently, the statue itself is thought to  be from the 17th-18th century, copper alloy with cold gold on the face, pigments, stones.  At the Norbulingka in Lhasa.

It depicts the Naro Khechara aspect of Vajrayogini, also called Sarvabuddha dakini, Naro dakini, Naro Khecho, Naro Khechari, Naro khachoma, etc. She has the form of a young woman, naked, holding a skull cup to her face (in order to drink the blood) and a flaying knife, adorned with a garland of severed heads and bone ornaments, a ritual staff resting on her left shoulder. She may stand on one or both legs, often treading on two victims.

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