Tibet, Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandavara

17th century, Tibet, Yeshe Tsogyal, wood and gilding, photo by Sotheby's.

17th century, Tibet, Yeshe Tsogyal, wood and gilding, photo by Sotheby’s.

One of the wives of Tibetan King Trisong Detsen (8th century AD), she is said to have been offered to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and became his consort. Sometimes regarded as a manifestation of Sarasvati, she is often described as a terrestrial form of Vajrayogini or Tara. Here she is shown holding a skull cup in her right hand while doing a symbolical gesture with the other.

Along with Yeshe Tsogyal, Mandavara  was one of Padmasambhava’s consorts. She is regarded as a wisdom dakini. She usually wears a long dhoti and a long robe over it, is adorned with jewellery, and a mirror, and holds an implement, usually a long-life vase in her left hand, while doing a symbolical gesture with the other.

16th-17th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with coral inlay, photo by Christie's.

16th-17th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with coral inlay, photo by Christie’s.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, cold gold and pigments on the face. Photo by Christie's

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, cold gold and pigments on the face. Photo by Christie’s.

This Nepales-style sculpture represents he with a skull cup in her hand.

16th century, Tibet, Mandavara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, Mandavara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

Here she has the mirror in her chignon and the long-life vase in her hand.

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