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.
This Nepales-style sculpture represents he with a skull cup in her hand.
Here she has the mirror in her chignon and the long-life vase in her hand.