Tibet, Ushnishavijaya (4)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Ushnishavijaya, with three heads and eight hands, seated in the vajra position, holding in her right hands, from top to bottow, Amitabha seated on a lotus, an arrow, a visvajra, the lower hand displaying the gesture of generosity, and in her left hands, a lasso, a bow, a (missing) vajra sceptre and a long-life vase.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper, is or was at Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper, is or was in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this variant, two arms are joined together on each side and all three faces are semi-wrathful. Her face is painted with cold gold and pigments, her hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder.

16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This is part of an ornamental stupa topped with a double lotus base with incised (rather than sculpted) leaves, supporting the long-life deity, her main face smiling, her eight hands in the standard position.

Undated, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, at Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

Undated, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya, at Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

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