Tibet, Machig Labdron

Machig Labdron lived around 1055-1149. She became a teacher (lama) and is traditionally represented like a wisdom dakini, with one head with 3 eyes, 2 hands, holding a vajra-handle bell and a drum, and 2 legs, in a dancing posture. She is adorned with a skull crown and bone jewellery.

Undated, Tibet, stone, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Undated, Tibet, stone, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Undated, Tibet, copper alloy, cold gold and pigment, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, copper alloy, cold gold and pigment, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th c., gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th c., gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

18th c., Tibet, gilt copper alloy partly cast and partly repoussé, stone inlay, at the Freer Sackler Gallery.

18th c., Tibet, gilt copper alloy partly cast and partly repoussé, stone inlay, at the Freer Sackler Gallery.

Here she has a staff or khatvanga over her left shoulder and a garland of fifty freshly severed heads. The blackening of the face is due to fire damage.

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