Always seated with her legs locked, the ‘Victorious Goddess of the Ushnisha’ is depicted here in her popular three-head and eight-arm form. Her lower right hand is always in the gesture of supreme generosity. When she holds her main attribute – a visvajra – in her main right hand, she usually has a lasso in the other and the remaining ones hold the effigy of Amitabha seated on a lotus, an arrow, a bow, a long life vase, as above. One of the left hands is in the fear-allaying gesture.
Alternatively, she may hold the visvajra in one of her right hands, in which case there is a vajra sceptre in one of her left hands (instead of the fear-allaying gesture).
18th century, Tibet, Ushnishavijaya (labelled ‘Marici’), gilt bronze, partly repainted, private collection, photo on Hansons .
Although her attributes are now lost, the position of the hands shows that this figure held the visvajra in her main right hand and a lasso in the other, a bow and an arrow in her middle hands, a long-life vase in the lower left hand, the right one is in the usual gesture. The upper hands may have held an effigy of Amitabha and a vajra sceptre, which departs from the standard depiction in Tibet.