This is the third work of this type we see. The other two published here represent Vajradharma Lokeshvara and a male deity with a lasso in the very same style. This time the throne is supported by a garuda and there was very probably a stupa at the top of the mandorla. An inscription on the base reads ‘lha na ga ra’. If she is a naga deity, what looks like a nimbus must be a naga hood. She holds a conch shell in her left hand.
Prajnaparamita in her four-arm form, holding a vajra sceptre and a manuscript in her upper hands, the lower right hand does the gesture of supreme generosity, the other holds the stem of a lotus.
Likely to be from the same workshop as a silver Vajraraksha attributed to Western Tibet (see here ) this female entity looks like Vajralasya, one of the offering goddesses from the Vairocana mandala (at Tabo, for instance), whose main attribute is a five-prong vajra sceptre.
12th-13th century, Kashmir, Prajnaparamita, bronze (gilding added at a later date), private collection, published by Christian Luczanits.
Prajnaparamita in a rare six-hand form, the main hands doing the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture, the upper hands holding a rosary and what the author identifies as a triple gem (triratna). The lower right hand does the gesture of supreme generosity, the left one holds a lotus that supports her main attribute, a manuscript. Her eyes are inlaid with silver and the oblong urna on her forehead with copper. The lotus base with overlapping hoof-shaped petals is supported by a throne made of scrolling vines and flowers.
The two-piece mandorla is made of plain metal with curly flames supporting a gem all along the edge. We saw a similar one on a sculpture published by the same author (see below for comparison).