Tibet, 3 Hevajra and consort statues

16th century, Tibet, meditational deity Hevajra and consort, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, pigments, at the Musée Guimet (Paris).

16th century, Tibet, meditational deity Hevajra and consort, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, pigments, at the Musée Guimet (Paris).

Hevajra is represented here with eight heads, each with three eyes and adorned with a skull crown, 16 arms, two of them embracing his consort Nairâtmya, who wears a bone apron and holds a skull cup and chopper, the others holding skull cups which contain animals or hindu deities, and four legs, two of which are trampling maras or demons.  They both have a long garland of freshly severed heads. The use of gilding and stone inlay added to the graceful body movements show an influence from Newar artists from the Kathmandu Valley.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Hevajra and consort, gilt copper alloy, cold gold and pigment, private collection.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Hevajra and consort, copper alloy, cold gold and pigment, stones missing, private collection.

The absence of gilding, the use of cold gold on the face and lapis lazuli powder in the hair, the body proportions and the facial features are proper to Tibet.

17th century, at the Cleveland  Museum of Art (USA)

17th century, gilt copper alloy, pigment and stones, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (USA)

On paintings, Hevajra has flaming hair and a double thunderbolt or visvajra on top of his head, as can be appreciated on this sculpture.

 

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