Late Malla Vajravarahi

16th-17th century, Nepal, Vajravarahi, parcel gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Vajravarahi, parcel gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Standing in a dancing pose, her left foot on a victim, Vajravarahi holds a skull cup and a vajra-handled flaying knife, adorned with a skull crown, bone jewellery and apron, a garland of severed heads and a celestial scarf with snake-like ends, the head of a sow sticking out of her right temple.

17th century, Nepal, Vajravarahi, lacquered wood, published on www.artemisgallery.com

17th century, Nepal, Vajravarahi, lacquered wood, published on http://www.artemisgallery.com.

On this wooden sculpture she wear a foliate crown and large hoops, a short lower garment and a sash.

18th century, Nepal, Vajravarahi, wood, Werner Forman Archive, formerly property of Philip Goldman.

18th century, Nepal, Vajravarahi, wood, Werner Forman Archive, formerly Philip Goldman Collection.

On this example, she has three eyes. The image is the wrong way round, Vajravarahi stands on the left foot and the sow’s head is on the right side of her head.

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