Tibet, Vajravarahi (4)

13th century circa, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze, private collection.

13th century circa, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Vajravarahi, a form of Vajrayogini, is identified through the sow’s head sticking out of her own. She has one face, two hands holding a skull cup and flaying knife, her two legs in a dancing posture, one of them treading a corpse, over a flat single-lotus base with elongated petals. She is adorned with a skull crown, a garland of 50 severed heads, some jewellery and a festooned belt. There are some scrolled lotus leaves coming from the base on her left.

13th century, Tibet, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, gilt metal and turquoise inlay, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Here the standard 50 freshly severed heads are symbolically represented by just a few heads, both knees are touching a  lotus stem. The base is tall, with two rows of rounded lotus petals, in the Indian Pala fashion.

13th century, Tibet

13th century (or later copy?), Tibet, bronze, cold gold, published on gg-art.com.

Here she has a ritual staff or khatvanga, with a skull and a trident or trisula at the top.

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