Nepal, Dakinis

16th century, Nepal, dakini, gilt copper alloy and traces of red lacquer, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Nepal, dakini, gilt copper alloy and traces of red lacquer, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Standing in a ‘dancing pose’ over a victim, a skull cup and a flaying knife in her hands, this dakini  is adorned with a crown, beaded jewellery, a garland of severed heads. She wears a bone apron and a Chinese-style celestial scarf with serpentine ends.

17th century, Nepal, dakini, gilt copper alloy, San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

17th century, Nepal, dakini, gilt copper alloy, San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

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Obviously part of a set, these two naked dakinis hold a large skull cup and equally large flaying knives with a vajra handle. They are adorned with a small tiara and large rhomboid earrings, bracelets and anklets.

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