Tibet, Chakrasamvara – 12 arms (2)

14th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, ivory, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

In his 12-arm form, Chakrasamvara may have one or four heads and be depicted alone or with his consort, Vajrayogini. He always has two legs, standing on Kalaratri and Bhairava who represent ego and ignorance.

15th century circa, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

His top hands hold the hide of an elephant stretched across his back.

15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

His other hands hold various attributes. These may differ from but normally include a thunderbolt sceptre and a bell, which he has in his main hands crossed over Vajrayogini’s back when depicted with her.

15th century, Central Tibet, Chakrasamavara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The above holds a wheel on a lotus instead of a thunderbolt sceptre.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

The other attributes usually are a drum, a flaying knife, an axe and a trident in his other right hands; a hook, a staff, a skull cup, a noose, and Brahma’s head with four faces in the remaining left hands.

Same, source not quoted, published on blogspot.com.

Following the tradition, she wears a garland of skulls and he wears a garland of freshly severed human heads.

 

 

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