This masterpiece depicts a wrathful deity with three heads, six hands and four legs, clad in a tiger skin, adorned with snakes, a garland of skulls and a skull crown. jewellery and a thin celestial scarf, an elephant hide over his back.
An arrow, a human corpse, a drum and possibly a vajra-noose in the others.
He stands on two victims, possibly Kalaratri and Bhairava.
There is a form of Yamantaka (Krishna Yamari) with three heads and six hands who holds various attributes including a human corpse (impaled on a tree, on paintings), a noose and a vajra sceptre but he normally has two legs and one of his attributes is a sword.
This rare item depicts a 17-head deity (four stacks of four heads plus one head on top, all of them with three eyes), in embrace with his consort who only has one head. It is not clear how many arms they each have. We have seen several examples of a rare form of namasangiti Manjushri with two hands held above his head, but they all have only one head, twelve hands and no consort.
17th century, Tibet, heruka, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.This wrathful meditational deity is depicted with his consort, who holds a long-life vase in her left hand. Their other attributes are now missing.