Tibet, Ushnishavijaya (3)

13th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

13th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This female long-life deity is often portrayed with three faces and 8 hands, as above.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy with stone and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

She usually has one smiling face and two semi-wrathful ones.

Same as before, parcel-gilt silver, same as before.

Same as before, parcel-gilt silver with stone inly, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Her attributes are often missing but her three heads and the position of her eight hands leave no doubt as to her identity.

16th-17th c., Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, sil.+ cold g., gilt c.a. base, close up, Christie's

Each of her faces has a third eye (not to be confused with an urna).

18th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, copper repoussé with gilt scarf and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, copper repoussé with gilt copper scarf and turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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