Tibet, Guhyasamaja Akshobhyavajra

According to the scriptures, there are three forms of the meditational deity known as Guhyasamaja, one of them is Akshobhyavajra.

15th century, Tibet, Guhyasamaja Askhobhyavajra, gilt copper alloy inlaid with turquoise, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, Guhyasamaja Askhobhyavajra, gilt copper alloy inlaid with turquoise, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, photo by Christie’s.

In this form he has three heads, each with two or three eyes and bared fangs, five-leaf crowns, bodhisattva attire and jewellery. He sits in an embrace with his consort, Mamaki, who also has three heads and six hands. They hold the same attributes: a thunderbolt, a bell, a wheel, a lotus flower, a sword, a magic jewel. He wears a jewel in one of his crowns and/or on top of his hair drawn into a chignon.

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

This rare sculpture, labelled “Guhyasamaja”, depicts the deity without his consort.

 

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