Tibet, Nairatmya (2)

14th century, Tibet, Ngari, Nairatmya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, Ngari, Nairatmya, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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Nairatmya is a meditational deity who usually has a dakini appearance, with three eyes, a five-skull crown and bone ornaments. The above wears a crown with crescent moons and raining jewels, decorated with rosettes. Her jewellery was inlaid with stones, like the round urna on her forehead.The half vajra on her head helps identify her, together with the vajra sceptre in her right hand and the skull cup in the other. Her ritual staff is missing, She wears a celestial scarf and an incised dhoti held in place with a festooned belt.

16th century, Tibet, Nairatmya, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Nairatmya, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This one also wears princely jewellery instead of bone ornaments, and a dhoti made of printed fabric rather than tiger skin, but she has a five-skull tiara.

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