Tibet, Ekajati

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Sculptures of Ekajati are extremely rare. This protectress, mother of Mahakala and Palden Lha-mo, has a long braid and wears the skin of a tiger as a skirt. She has one head with three eyes and 2 arms 4 or 8 arms, or 12 heads and 24 arms. She may also be a retinue figure, or a meditational deity.

 

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