Tibet, Chakrasamvara – 12 arms

15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Standing on Kalaratri and Bhairava, adorned with wrathful ornaments and a tiger skin dhoti, Chakrasamavara, with four heads, 12 arms, 2 legs, embraces Vajravarahi, who wears a bone apron and holds a skull cup and a flaying knife. His upper hands hold a (missing) elephant hide, his main hands hold a thunderbolt and a bell crossed over her back. The other left hands hold the standard ritual staff, skull cup, (missing) noose, Brahma’s four-faced head, in his remaining right hands he holds an axe, a trident, a drum, a flaying knife. His hair, dyed with lapis lazuli powder, is tied into a chignon adorned with a crescent moon and a visvajra (crossed thunderbolts), and topped with a wish-granting jewel.

Same as before, at the Minneapolis Museum of Art.

Same as before, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (USA).

The ends of their scarves and belts end with a tripartite foliate design (raining jewels). They are adorned with a long garland of freshly severed heads and a slightly shorter one made of skulls.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Christie's

Same as before, private collection, photo by Christie’s

15th c., Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt c.a., 23,7 cm, elephant hide, tiger skin dhoti, visvajra+moon on chignon

His hair is gathered into a chignon adorned with a crescent moon, two crossed vajras (hidden by the front panel of the skull crown), and a flaming jewel at the top.

15th c., Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt c.a., 23,7 cm, elephant hide, tiger skin dhoti, left hand attributes

The paws of the tiger dangle between his legs. His main hands hold a bell and a thunderbolt crossed behind her back, the other left hands hold one leg of the elephant hide, a ritual staff, a skull cup full of blood, a (missing) noose, Brahma’s head with four faces.

15th c., Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt c.a., 23,7 cm, elephant hide, tiger skin dhoti, right hand attributes

On the other side, an elephant leg (stretched), a drum, an axe, a trident with a flag, a vajra-handled flaying knife.

 

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