Tibet, Jnana Dakini

15th c., Tibet, Jnana Dakini, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, photo by Christie's.

15th c., Tibet, Jnana Dakini, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, photo by Christie’s.

This very rare statue depicts Jnana Dakini, a meditational deity, consort of Yogambara. She has three faces with three eyes,  and six hands, one of them doing a symbolical gesture, the others holding various implements (traditionally an axe, a  vajra, a sword on the right, a skull cup, a bell, on the left, and a staff resting on the left shoulder). Each head wears a skull crown, the main one is topped by a half-vajra. She is adorned with snakes and jewellery,  and wears a cross belt. Her dhoti, that reaches below the knee, is decorated with stones, as are the straps of the lion on which she sits.

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