Tibet, Vajrayogini – Naro Khechara (5)

16th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, wood, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

16th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, wood, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Raising a skull cup to her lips to drink the blood, a flaying knife in her other hand, she stands on Kalaratri and Bhairava, adorned with a garland of severed heads, a five-skull crown, a Chinese-style celestial scarf and cross belt, a festooned belt with large raining-jewel pendants.

same as before.

same as before.

On this fine work with smoother contours she has smaller bone ornaments, including a necklace with a long pendant and matching belt.

18th century circa, Tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, gilt copper, private collection, published by Kaladarshan.

18th century circa, Tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, gilt copper, private collection, at the Ohio State University.

This form of Vajrayogini always raises the skull cup to her lips with her left hand and holds her right arm down to hold the flaying knife.

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