Part of a set of deities known as Yamantaka (the enemy of Yama) – an emanation of Manjushri, Rakta Yamari is a meditational deity with a human face, 2 arms and 2 legs. Normally represented with his consort, he is much larger than hers and often has an oversized head. Like Yama, he stands on a victim over a bull or on a bull alone. For this reason, they are often confused (and mis-labelled by museums or auction houses). In fact, two of the pictures below were previously inserted in the Yama and Yami post, but Yama always has a buffalo head.
12th century, Tibet, Rakta Yamari and consort (Vajravetali), gilt copper, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).
He holds a sword in his right hand and a skull cup in the other. His face and her body are painted with cold gold, there is red pigment in his hair and blue lapis lazuli powder in hers.
Both previously posted as Yama and Yami by mistake.
He is holding a flaming sword and a skull cup. She is holding a vajra and a skull cup and is wearing belt and has an animal skin thrown around her thighs. Their hair has been painted with red pigment.