Tibet, Vajrayogini – Naro Khechara (2)

Also known as Naro Khacho, Naro Dakini, Naro Khachoma, Sarvabuddha dakini, “The essence of all buddhas” is a form of Vajrayogini. Represented as a young woman, she stands on one or both legs, naked, her hair loose, one hand holding a skull cup raised to drink blood, the other hand down, holding a vajra-handled flaying knife. She usually wears a garland of fifty freshly severed heads, some bone ornaments, a skull crown, and has a staff resting against her left shoulder. Her face is semi-wrathful with three eyes. When the pedestal has been preserved, she is seen standing on two victims, surrounded by a halo of flames (sometimes missing).

14th century, Tibet, bronze, private collection. published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, bronze, private collection. published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, bronze with cold gold on the face, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, bronze with cold gold on the face, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, copper with cold gold and pigments, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, copper with cold gold and pigments, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

 

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