Vajrayogini with lotus(es)

12th century, Northern India, Vajravarahi, copper alloy, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Sculptures of Vajrayogini, especially in her Vajravarahi form, often depict her with her right knee – or both knees – above or supported by a lotus or lotuses sprouting from the pedestal. Apart from its symbolic meaning, the vegetation adds strength to the sculpture and varies in shape and sizes.

12th century, Northeast India, Vajravarahi, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, bronze, private collection, photo by Dreweatts.

13th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi dakini, bronze, 22 cm, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

14th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel.

15th century, Tibet or Nepal, Vajravarahi, University of Michigan Museum of Art.

It may be a single bud on a stem without foliage.

16th century, Tibet, bronze, Vajravarahi, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

A single bud with many leaves.

Undated, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze,  item 9089  on Himalayan Art Resources.

Several buds on a single thick stem with leaves at the bottom.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze, private collection, photo Marie-Catherine Daffos for aaoarts.

Two buds on separate stems without leaves.

13th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, brass, at Tsug Lakhang, Lhasa, published by Ulrich Von Schroeder.

Two buds on separate stems with tiny leaves at the bottom.

 

13th century, Tibet?, Vajravarahi, copper alloy with turquoise and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Heritage auctions.Two buds on separate stems with leaves, under her left knee as she raises her left leg in the air.

13th century circa, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze, private collection.

Foliage, also on the left side in this case.

14th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, copper alloy, private collection, item 70652 on Himalayan Art Resources.

Almost a stump under knee, the leg strangely bent at a right angle.

14th-15th century, (Tibet), Vajravarahi, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Polyauction.

Discreet foliage under her right knee, the leg bent at a sharp angle.

15th century, Central Tibet, Vajravarahi, copper alloy and pigments, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).Abundant foliage and a bud at the top.

15th century, Tibet or Nepal, Vajravarahi, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Hardt Auctions .

An open flower and two different size buds on separate stems under her right knee.

15th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

An open flower and multiple buds under her left knee.

15th century, Central Tibet, Vajravarahi, gilt metal with turquoise and pigment, item 90164 on Himalayan Art Resources.

Plain stems covered by the jewelled pendants coming out of her garland of severed heads.

12th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze with pigments, Nyinjei Lam collection, loaned to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

On this very ornate base there are night lotuses (utpala) under her right knee and day lotuses on the other side.

15th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Just foliage on each side.

Circa 13th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

An imprecise shape acting more as a support for the right leg.

13th century, Tibet, at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

A bud on a tall stem without leaves, on each side.

Vajravarahi in Wrathful Posture , 13th century, Central Tibet,
Copper alloy with turquoise, silver, at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA).

An extremely rare work showing Vajravarahi with a peacock under her right knee, the feathers of its tail imitating lotus buds.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, bronze with paint, at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

Equally rare is this four-arm form, with young naga kings under her knees.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Vasya Vajravarahi, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.Lotus buds in groups of two going from the knee downwards, as a prolongation of her bone apron pendants.

A third device at the back gives extra support to the frail figure.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Vajravarahi, copper with copper alloy, gold, silver and stone inlay, private collection.

A day lotus on each side, flowering at knee level.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrayogini, gilt metal, at the Capital Museum in Beijing, item 59822 on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century circa, Tibet, Densatil Monastery, gilt copper alloy and pigment, published by Christie’s.

Circa 14th century?, Tibet, Vajravarahi, gilt metal, private collection, item 12022 on HAR.

When Densatil or Densatil-style images have this feature, it is a scrolling foliage and bud design.

17th century, tibet, Vajrayogini (labelled ‘Sarvabuddha dakini’), copper alloy, brass pedestal, at the British Museum in London (UK).A blue lotus under her right knee and a bud on the other side.