Tibet, Vajrayogini – variants (2)

15th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This powerful work depicts her as a young girl, naked, adorned with bone ornaments, brandishing a with a five-prong vajra sceptre (instead of a flaying knife) which she holds above her head, the right leg fully extended. There is a skull cup in her left hand.

17th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, possibly Maitri Kachod form, bronze, same as before.

17th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, possibly Maitri Kachod form, bronze, same as before.

Another image full of movement, with two victims on the base and a stupa at the top of the flaming arch, the deity holding a five-prong vajra sceptre and a skull cup raised above her head, a ritual staff resting against her left shoulder.

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She has a youthful appearance and wears bone jewellery and apron.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

18th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigments, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

This  very wrathful ‘Pala-revival’ Vajrayogini stands on a single victim over a tall lotus pedestal, surrounded with flames, the arch topped with a triratna (set of three jewels), her hair gathered in a tall chignon, adorned with a skull-crown, bone jewellery and belt, a garland of severed heads.

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She holds a skull cup filled with blood and a vajra sceptre. There are raining-jewel pendants on her belt, which is inlaid with gemstones. Her large earrings consist in a perforated disc with a triratna at the bottom.

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