Tibet, Chakrasamvara – Sahaja Heruka (2)

Chakrasamvara Sahaja Heruka (or Heruka Sahaja) is a one-head, two-hand version of this meditational deity, usually depicted with his consort, Vajravarahi, who has one leg wrapped around his waist. They are adorned with the wrathful ornaments, he holds a thunderbolt and a bell crossed behind her back, she holds two thunderbolts, or a skull cup and a flaying knife, as below.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy and stones, photo by Christie’s.

16th century, Tibet, silver and pigments, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, silver, parcel-gilt copper alloy, pigments, photo by Christie’s

Whereas on early versions he wears a tiger skin loin cloth, on later sculptures they both wear a bone apron which eventually acts as the garland of severed heads he normally wears, as can be seen below.

17th century, Tibet, bronze, photo by Mossgreen auctions.

17th century, Tibet, bronze, photo by Mossgreen auctions.

 

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