Tibet, Vajrayogini – variants

17th century, tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, copper alloy, brass pedestal, at the British Museum in London (UK).

17th century, Tibet, Sarvabuddha dakini, copper alloy, brass pedestal, at the British Museum in London (UK).

This Pala-style figure  depicts Vajrayogini with a chignon topped with an effigy of Akshobhya or Shakyamuni, adorned with jewellery, holding her flaying knife and a skull cup. She stands on her left foot, both knees resting on a lotus that stems from the base (a feature typical of 17th century Tibet)

Same as before, private collection, published on www.asianart.com.

Same as before, gilt copper or copper alloy, private collection, published on http://www.asianart.com.

Different style but similar iconography, without an effigy on the chignon.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, gilt copper and stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, gilt copper and stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

All three images recall the Naro Khechara form of Vajrayogini, but her hair is tied up and she holds the flaying knife up (instead of down) and the skull cup is in front of her (instead of being at head level to drink from it).

Undated, Tibet, Vajrayogini, wood with cold gold and pigments, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Undated, Tibet, Vajrayogini, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This rare sculpture depicts her with her hands crossed over her heart.

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holding the same attributes, her face  painted with cold gold and red pigment, adorned with snakes and large floral earrings.

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