Circa 13th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.
Vajravarahi, standing on one foot atop a Pala-style pedestal, brandishing a flaying knife and holding a skull cup to her heart, her right knee supported by lotus shoots stemming from the pedestal…
a dharma wheel ornament in her headdress.
13th century, Tibet?, Vajravarahi, copper alloy with turquoise and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Heritage auctions.
A variation, with the budding lotuses supporting her left knee.
Vajravarahi in Wrathful Posture , 13th century Central Tibet,
Copper alloy with turquoise, silver, and colors; H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm); D. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Zimmerman Family Collection, 2014 (2014.720.2)
A rare sculpture of the deity, her right knee supported by a peacock. Her hair is gathered in a bunch secured with a five-skull tiara and topped with a half-vajra finial, her eyes are inlaid with silver. She wears a garland of severed head and a small celestial scarf as well as the usual bone accessories.
13th-14th century, Tibet, Vasya Vajravarahi, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.
Here the artist has used a long sash to secure the figure on each side plus a rod at the back. She stands on Kalaratri (who embodies the ego) and has a ritual staff in the crook of her left arm.
14th-15th century, Tibet or Nepal, Vajravarahi, gilt copper alloy with stones, coral and pearls, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA).
Another Vajravarahi with a dharma wheel in her headdress.
16th-17th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Cornette de St Cyr.
A rare example with the sow’s head on top of hers, itself topped with a finial. She wears a Nepalese-style bone apron with raining jewel pendants.
15th century, Tibet or Nepal, Vajravarahi, University of Michigan Museum of Art.
As pointed out by the museum, this figure holds a vajra sceptre instead of a flaying knife.
Undated (circa 15th century?), Tibet, Red Vajravarahi, gilt metal with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources.
Red Vajravarahi (with a red body on paintings) has an effigy of Vairochana in her headdress.
15th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze with pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
We have already seen this elegant statue with red hair (it was labelled 13th century by a previous seller) and signs of lotus shoots or buds having supported her knees.
A view of the back shows a square copper plaque, probably there to seal a cavity into which prayer rolls or and/or other elements have been placed for consecration.