Tibet, Parnashavari

 

14th century, Tibet, Densatil, Parnashavari, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection.

14th century, Tibet, Parnashavari, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection.

This richly gilt Densatil-style sculpture depicts the ‘forest goddess’ wearing a leaf blouse, jewelled skirt and leaf belt.

14th c., Tibet, Parnashavari, Densatil, gilt c.a.+stones, 31,8 cm, 3 faces 6 hands, leaf blouse, jewelled skirt,  3 eyes, Ann+Gilbert H. Kinney col

She has a semi-wrathful face with three eyes.

Same as before, at the Capital Beijing Museum.

Same as before, at the Capital Beijing Museum.

Often depicted with six hands, she holds a vajra in one of her right hands- sometimes at heart level as above.

15th century, Tibet, Parnashavari, gilt copper alloy with stones, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

15th century, Tibet, Parnashavari, gilt copper alloy with stones, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

In her other right hands she holds an axe and an arrow, in her left hands, a bow, some leaves and a lasso wound round her finger. In her six-hand form, she normally has three heads:  a semi-wrathful one, a calm one, a third one expressing desire.

15th or 16th century, Tibet, Parnashavari, gilt copper alloy with stones, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th or 16th century, Tibet, Parnashavari, gilt copper alloy with stones, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

16th c., Tibet, Parnashavari, gilt c.a.+stones, 28,5 cm, forest goddess, 3 heads 6 arms, vajra, axe, arrow, lasso, stalk with leaves, bow, blouse of leaves, jewelled dhoti+belt, left hands, Christie's

There is a half-vajra on top of her chignon.

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