Tibet, animal-headed figures (2)

16th-17th century, Tibet, Bardo figures, gilt copper alloy, published on kapoorgalleries.com

16th-17th century, Tibet, Bardo figures, gilt copper alloy, published on kapoorgalleries.com

A set of similar figures (possibly the same) including  two wrathful gods has also been published by Christies and labelled 18th century.

Undated, Tibet, elephant-headed deity, brass, at the American Museum of National History.

Undated (18th century or later?), Tibet, elephant-headed deity, brass, at the American Museum of Natural History.

Late 18th century, or early 19th, Tibet, Makaramukha, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

Late 18th century, or early 19th, Tibet, Makaramukha, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

This dakini  has the head of a makara (not an elephant) and flaming hair painted with orange pigment. She wears the flayed skin of a human being on her back, is adorned with a skull cup, bracelets, anklets and a cross belt, and stands on Ganapati.

Undated, dakini, copper alloy, at the American Museum of National History.

Undated (18th century or later?), dakini, copper alloy, at the American Museum of Natural History.

From a  set of animal-headed figures held at the AMNH, this bat-headed deity is probably a dakini known as Ga-phong Dongma in Tibetan, whose attribute is a whip.

 

 

 

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