This dakini, who sometimes represents red Tara, has one wrathful head with three eyes and two to eight hands, in which she holds various attributes. These may be a drum, a skull cup and a flaying knife, a bow and an arrow, a hook and a noose. Like most dakinis, she stands on one leg over a victim, the other leg drawn up in a dancing position, and is adorned with bone jewellery, a five-skull crown, a garland of fifty severed heads, a tiger skin loin cloth. Her hair stands high up on her head.
On this example, the flaying knife and the bow are missing but we can see the skull cup and the drums or damaru. She has a Chinese/East Tibetan-style celestial scarf and hair arrangement.
This is a Nepalese-style sculpture, lavishly gilt and richly inlaid with small cabochons, turquoise and coral being Tibetan favourites. She holds a long-stemmed lotus flower and a bow in her left hands, the arrow and probably some drums are missing from the other side. Her bone apron is decorated with stones and there are ‘raining jewels’ hanging from it at the front and on each side. Her hair is tied in a mass of curls.
This sculpture imitates the 12th century Indian Pala style.