Tibet, Chakrasamvara – various forms

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Chakrasamvara may have the face of a donkey as his main face.

15th century, clay painted with cold gold and pigments, from a Gyantse monastery.

15th century, clay over a wooden structure, painted with cold gold and pigments, from a Gyantse monastery.

On this Sahaja form, he has an extra pair of hands, holding a skull cup and drums. She holds a skull cup and a flaying knife.

12th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi

12th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, stone, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

In the four-head and twelve-hand (most of them broken here) version, Chakrasamvara carries a skull cup, chopper, drums, sword, knife, vajra, bell, axe, trident and lasso, the other two hands hold an elephant skin across his back.

17th century, Tibet, at the National Gallery of Prague.

17th century, Tibet, at the National Gallery of Prague.

Very few sculptures show him in one of his white (peaceful) forms, sitting with his consort. Some attributes are missing. He normally holds two long-life vases and she holds a skull cup in each hand.

 

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