Tibet, Chakrasamvara – various forms (2)

12th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara with consort, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Tibet, Samvara with consort, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This Pala-style work depicts Chakrasamvara with four heads, six arms and 4 legs, embracing his consort, Vajravarahi, who holds a skull cup and a flaying knife in her hands and has one leg around his waist. They stand on two victims over a double-lotus base.

12th c., Tibet, Cakrasamvara+yogini, c.a., right hands

He is adorned with snakes, a garland of freshly severed heads, some earrings and a crown, his flaming hair is decorated with small buddha figures. His main hands are cupped to hold Brahma’s head, his other two right hands hold a vajra, the left ones hold a trident and a flaming jewel.

14th century (or later), Tibet, Chakrasamavara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

14th century (or later), Tibet, Chakrasamavara, gilt copper alloy, private collection (mandorla unrelated).

This four-head and four-arm version shows him with a vajra and ghanta in his main hands, a vajra stick and a drum.

14th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The standard 12-arm version depicts him embracing the consort and holding the thunderbolt and bell in his main hands, the upper hands hold the feet of an elephant (sometimes the whole hide stretched across his back), the remaining right hands hold a drum, a flaying knife, an axe and a trident, the other left hands hold a staff, a skull cup, a nose and Brahma’s head. They are adorned with bone jewellery and aprons, skull crowns, and stand on Kalaratri and Bhairava.

Same as before, gilt copper, same as before.

Same as before, gilt copper.

On most versions, his hair is pulled into a chignon topped with a jewel and a half vajra. His consort holds a skull cup and a flaying knife.

 

 

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