Kakasya has a dark blue body and the head of a crow; she appears on mandalas along with another three animal-headed dakinis (owl-headed Ulukasya, dog-headed Svanakasya, sow-headed Sukarasya) each guarding a direction. On paintings she holds a sword and eats lungs and hearts.
The above holds a vajra-handled implement with a diamond-shaped blade in her right hand and a hook (elephant goad) in the other. She has small ears and long hair tied in a chignon, wears a loin cloth, a garland of severed heads and has a human hide over her back.
She stands with both feet on a prostrate figure with a human appearance.
15th-16th century, Tibet, Kakasya, bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Cambi Casa d’Aste.
This one has lost her attributes; she wears bone jewellery and has a crest on her head.
She is naked and wears her long black hair divided in three strands.
It is unusual for a wrathful figure to be adorned with princely accessories.
Works made after the 18th century are not normally included in this blog but we saw this character before because of the rarity of the subject. There were some doubts as to her identity since her appearance doesn’t correspond to any form of Vajrayogini. On the Himalayan Art Resources website (Index >Mahakala > Panjaranata > Five activity protectors) She is featured as Singmo, who holds a gold razor in her right hand, like some dakinis do, and a skull cup in the other.
A wrathful female protector, emanation of Panjaranata Mahakala and retinue figure, she has a rakshasi (female demon) appearance, wears black garments and breathes flames out. Jeff Watts explains on HAR that the wire that sticks out of her mouth once supported flames.
There is also photo of her mother, Nagmo Nujin (Kali Rakshasi), who has the same attributes (the razor blade broken here) and is supposed to wear her hair in one braid. According to the British Museum, the first figure came from the Cranmore Ethnographical Museum, which closed in 1939, there is no mention of the other on their website.
During the research on Singmo (Ekajata Rakshasi in sanskrit), there appeared this Indian puppet of a female with a rakshasi appearance, who seems to hold a razor in her right hand, begging to be added to this post!