Pala India, Chakrasamvara

 

12th century, Northeast India, Chakrasamvara, copper alloy, private collection, published in revistaelbosco.blogspot.com

12th century, Northeast India, Chakrasamvara, copper alloy, private collection, published in revistaelbosco.blogspot.com.

In his 4 head+2 leg+12 hand version, Chakrasamvara stands on two victims on a lotus base, embracing his consort with his main hands in which he holds a thunderbolt and a bell. His upper hands hold the two feet and ankles of an elephant hide. The other right hands hold a drum, an axe, a flaying knife and a stick topped with a half vajra, the left hands hold a skull cup, a noose, Bhrama’s head with four faces, a ritual staff.

12th century, Northeast India, Samvara, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Northeast India, Samvara, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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Here, the whole elephant hide is stretched across his back and the head of the animal dangles to his right. He is alone, dressed in a lower garment made from the skin of a leopard (indicated by incised stars) held in place with a belt, and adorned with a sacred thread, a garland of severed heads, silver-inlaid tiaras and jewellery. He has copper-inlaid lips and eyes, silver-inlaid fangs. He holds the same implements as before but those to his left are in a different order.

 

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