Tibet, Chakrasamvara – Sahaja Heruka

13th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt metal, at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt metal, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This sculpture depicts the Sahaja Heruka form (1 head 2 hands, holding a bell and a thunderbolt) of this tantric deity with his consort, Vajravarahi. They are treading on one victim instead of the usual two, she has one leg stretched over the victim and the other wrapped around his waist.

 

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper and stones, photo by Koller auctions.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper and stones, photo by Koller auctions.

They are adorned with the wrathful ornaments (five-skull crown, bone jewellery, garland of severed heads, he is wearing a tiger skin loin cloth and she has a bone apron around her waist. He holds the thunderbolt (vajra) and bell (ghanta) crossed over her back, she holds a skull cup and a flaying knife.

14th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

14th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

He has a crescent moon in his chignon, topped with a jewel. The ends of their celestial scarves form a foliage design.

15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

15th century, Tibet, bronze inlaid with stones, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, bronze inlaid with stones, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

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