Tibet, Ushnishavijaya

15th century, Tibet, goddess Ushnishavijaya with attributes, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, pigment

15th century, Tibet, goddess Ushnishavijaya with attributes, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, pigment, Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This long-life deity may have one or three heads and 2 to 8 hands, in which she holds various attributes including a small statue of buddha Amitabha seated on a lotus (top right hand), a long-life vase (bottom left hand), a bow (middle left hand), a double thunderbolt (visvajra), often held in her main hands at heart level as above and below.

18th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection

18th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection.

The lower left hand is held in the varada mudra (bestowing generosity). The ample draping of her dhoti, along with the long hair over her shoulder and the shape of the lotus base indicate a Chinese influence but the softness and simplicity of the overall contours and the gentleness of her moon-like face point to a Tibetan artist.

 

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