Tibet, Nairatmya

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, pigment, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

16th century, Central Tibet, gilt copper alloy, pigment, turquoise inlay, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

This female buddha and meditational deity (consort of Sri Hevajra/Guhyasamaja) has the aspect of a dakini, with one head topped with a vajra finial, three eyes, bared fangs, two hands, holding a skull cup and a flaying knife, two legs. She sits or stands on a corpse, she wears a skull-crown, bone jewellery, a garland of 50 severed heads (not always), and a tiger skin around her waist or a bone apron.

17th century, Tibet, Nairatmya, gilt copper alloy, pigment and stone inlay, private collection.

17th century, Tibet, Nairatmya, gilt copper alloy, pigment and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, copper alloy, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Here she is wearing a long dhoti incised with a floral motif, and a wavy celestial scarf instead of the garland of severed heads. There is no corpse under her. The face has been painted with cold gold and pigments, an indication of worship in Tibet (especially in the Lhasa area).

Undated, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This statue depicts her like Vajrayogini but she can be differentiated from the latter thanks to the vajra finial on her head.

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