Tibet, wrathful females

13th century, Tibet, wrathful female, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

13th century, Tibet, wrathful female, bronze, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

She stands with her right leg slightly bent, holding a skull cup in her left hand and probably a (missing) flaying knife in the other, wearing a long dhoti and adorned with a skull crown and snakes (worn as bracelets, armbands, anklets, necklace and belt).

15th-16th century, Tibet, wrathful female, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, wrathful female, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection.

This extremely wrathful character stands with her left foot on a coiled snake, her hands in the gesture of prayer, a celestial scarf slung over her right arm, adorned with bone bracelets and anklets, large earrings and a necklace. Her flaming hair and her mouth are painted with red pigment, there are only two skulls on her tiara.

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She wears a tiger skin dhoti knotted at the front.

17th century, Tibet, wrathful female, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Tibet, wrathful female, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This semi-naked female holds a kila (three-sided peg) with a vajra handle in her left hand and possibly a flaying knife in the other. She wears a human hide over her back and is adorned with bone jewellery, floral earrings and a tiara with a single skull. Her long braid of hair is piled into a chignon that falls to one side.

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