Tibet, Vajravarahi (6)

 

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Here Vajravarahi has a staff with three impaled human heads resting against her left shoulder, as on the picture below.

14th century, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection.

14th century, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection.

17th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, pigment, stone inlay, at the Dallas Museum of Art.

17th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, pigment, stone inlay, at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Her celestial scarf and the top of her staff are broken on this statue. The showy style of her wrathful ornaments along with the bell and shell pendants attached to her festooned belt are indicators of more modern manufacture.

17th c., Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze and coral, published by Ian Alsop.

17th c., Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze and coral, published by Ian Alsop.

On this Indian-style representation, she carries a curved knife with a vajra hilt in her right hand and a skull cup inlaid with a coral bead in the other.

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