Tibet, Vajrayogini – Naro Khechara (4)

15th century, Tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection.

Portrayed as a young girl with loose hair, naked, adorned with a garland of severed heads, trading on Kalaratri and Bhairava, she holds a skull cup to drink blood from it and holds a flaying knife in the other.

Same as before.

Same as before, Vajrayogini, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Complete with flaming mandorla topped with Kirtimukha, this sculpture depicts her with Indian facial features. Her eyes and jewellery are inlaid with silver, the face is painted with cold gold and the inside of the skull cup with red pigment. Two severed heads over her left shoulder are all that remains from her garland.

16th century, Tibet, dakini, cast metal, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, dakini, cast metal, private collection.

We see her here stripped of all her ornaments, attributes, back plate and pedestal yet her youth, nakedness and loose hair, in conjunction with the way she holds her hands, all point to the Naro Khechara form of Vajrayogini ( a buddha with a dakini appearance).

Late 16th century, Tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, pedestal and mandorla added later, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Late 16th century, Tibet, Naro Khechara, pedestal and mandorla added later, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The above is fully dressed for worship.

16th century, Tibet, Naro Khachoma, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

16th century, Tibet, Naro Khachoma, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

 

 

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