A singular sculpture of a female character dancing on a lotus and holding a conch, understood by the auction house to be the embodiment of the conch, one of the auspicious symbols of Tibetan buddhism.
An elegant figure with floral and foliate jewellery and belt, her right hand in the fear-allaying gesture, wearing a long dhoti and shin adornments.
18th-19th century, Tibet, Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal, wood, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 103 China 2.
Padmasambhava’s consort standing on a lotus pedestal. Mandarava has a skull cup in her right hand and does the kartari mudra with the other, she wears an upper and a lower garment, a long scarf, a headband with a large flower and a hat, some earrings and a necklace. Yeshe Tsogyal, who is sometimes regarded as a female buddha, only wears a lower garment and a long scarf. She is adorned with a crown, hoops and a necklace and may have held a skull cup or a vase in her missing hand.
13th century, Tibet, offering goddesses, gilt copper alloy with gems, photo taken by (Pietro Francesco) Mele at Tsetang in 1948, reproduced in an article by David Weldon .
These four-arm goddesses hold a drum and a skull cup in their lower hands, they each have a different object in the upper right hand and do the fear-allaying gesture with the other. A ritual staff leans against their left shoulder.