Tibet, Simhamukha

17th century, Tibet, dakini Simhamukha, bronze, at Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

17th century, Tibet, dakini Simhamukha, bronze, private collection.

18th century, Tibet, Simhamukha, bronze, from the Shelley and Donald Rubin collection, published on Himalayanart.org (see link in the left hand column of this page).

18th century, Tibet, Simhamukha, bronze, from the Shelley and Donald Rubin collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources (see the link in the left hand column of this page).

Dakini Simhamukha (‘ the lion-face’) has a female body and a lion head with three eyes and the curly mane going upwards. She normally holds a flaying knife in one hand and a skull cup in the other while standing on one leg. There are few sculptures of her and the ones available for study are comparatively late ones. On paintings she wears a crown made of human skulls, a garland of severed heads and a tiger skin around her waist.

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