Tibet, Jnanadakini (2)

 

16th century circa, Tibet, Jnanadakini, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, published on gg-art.com and Himalayan  Art Resources.

16th century circa, Tibet, Jnanadakini, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, published on gg-art.com and Himalayan Art Resources.

This dakini has three heads and six arms, she holds various attributes including a vajra, a vajra-handled bell (ghanta), a skull cup filled with blood and a sword. She may also have a flaying knife (kartrika) as above (top right hand). She usually sits on a snow lion.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Jnanadakini, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Koller.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Jnanadakini, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Koller.

Even when the lion is not there she can be identified through her three semi-wrathful heads with three eyes each,  her six arms and the implements she holds. These are normally a sword, a skull cup and bell on the left (as above), sometimes the sword is on the right and the vajra is in its place. Her right hands may hold a ritual staff , a flaying knife, an axe, a vajra, or one of them may do a gesture (mudra). This one holds a vajra, an axe, and a missing object- possibly a staff.

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