Nepal, paired deities

16th-17th century, Nepal, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Koller.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Koller.

Chakrasamvara, in his sahaja heruka form, holds a bell and a thunderbolt in his hands across Vajravarahi’s back, adorned with a garland of severed heads, a crown and jewellery, a serrated halo attached to his back. She holds a skull cup and a flaying knife and wears a bone apron with severed heads fastened to it. The couple stands over victims.

17th century, Nepal, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Nepal, Chakrasamvara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this example, she holds a thunderbolt and a skull cup.

18th century circa, Nepal, same as before.

18th century circa, Nepal, same as before.

This is Chakrasamvara with four heads and twelve hands (in which he holds various attributes), adorned with several garlands of severed heads, embracing the consort and standing on two victims (likely to be Kalaratri and Bhairava).

18th century, Nepal, same as before.

18th century, Nepal, same as before.

The same figure without his consort, standing on Kalaratri and Bhairava.

17th century, Nepal, Kalachakra, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and garnet inlay, at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Australia).

17th century, Nepal, Kalachakra, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and garnet inlay, at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Australia).

Kalachakra (the wheel of time), with four heads and 24 hands – in which he holds various attributes – embraces his consort, both standing on two victims (Kamadeva and Rudra) on a lotus pedestal with an incised lower rim. The flaming arch behind them is decorated with a row of vajras and studded with turquoise.

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