Tibet, Ushnishavijaya (2)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Ushnisha Vijaya, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This long-life deity is represented here with three faces (2 wrathful ones at the back) with three eyes and eight hands, in which she has various attributes such as a long-life vase, a double thunderbolt or visvajra, a vajra, a bow, an arrow, an effigy of buddha Amitabha sitting on a lotus, and two of her hands doing a symbolical gesture. She is adorned with jewellery inlaid with turquoise and each head wears a crown inlaid with stones and decorated with bows.

14th century, Tibet, bronze with cold gold and pigment, private collection.

14th century, Tibet, bronze, private collection.

The above has three peaceful faces and eight hands, from which various attributes are missing. Her face and crown, the visvajra and the buddha have been painted with cold gold and her hair has been painted with lapis lazuli powder.

15th-16th century, Tibet, silver inlaid with turquoise, gilt base, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, silver inlaid with turquoise and partially gilt, gilt copper base, private collection.

Here she has an effigy of Amitabha in one hand and also on top of her head.

17th-18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Neuchatel museum.

17th-18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the Musée d’Ethnologie de Neuchatel (Switzerland).

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