Tibet, two rare dakinis

15th century, Tibet, Pukkasi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Tibet, Pukkasi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Part of a group of eight dakinis, Pukkasi is identified through the snow lion she holds in her right hand. There is an axe in the other, together with an implement representing human limbs, and a wheel of dharma (dharmacakra) on top of her chignon. She is adorned with bone jewellery, a garland of skulls, a bone apron.

16th-17th century, Tibet, dakini, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

16th-17th century, Tibet, dakini, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This retinue figure is part of a set inspired by the Chakrasamvara mandala. She has one face with three eyes, two legs and four hands. In the main ones she holds a flaying knife and a skull cup, in the other right hand there is a drum (damaru). A ritual staff (khatvanga) is missing from the remaining one. She wears a five-skull crown, a garland of fifty skulls, a bone apron with long strands of raining jewels hanging down.

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