Circa 16th century, Tibet, Samvara with consort, silver (with cold gold and pigments), private collection, photo on Christie’s
Almost identical to a 15th-16th century silver sculpture seen here , this work depicts a rare form of Samvara with one head and four arms, the main hands holding a vajra sceptre and a vajra bell while embracing the consort, the upper hands holding a drum and a ritual staff. Following the Luipa tradition, Vajrayogini has both legs around his waist.
18th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara with Vajrayogini, silver with copper inlay and parcel-gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Christie’s .
Samvara in his sahara heruka form, in embrace with Vajrayogini/Vajravarahi (who holds a skull cup and a flaying knife), his hair tied in a top knot and decorated with a half vajra finial, a crescent moon (on the side) and a visvajra (at the front), holding his main attributes in his hands crossed over her back, treading on two victims.
18th century, Tibet, Samvara and consort, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s, Arts d’Asie 11th June 2009 lot 265, Paris.
The same form without its pedestal. They are adorned with a skull crown and bone ornaments, he wears a garland of freshly severed heads and a tiger skin loin cloth, she wears a garland of skulls and a bone apron.
11th century, Tibet or India (Kashmir?), Chakrasamvara, copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, private collection, photo and close up on Rossi & Rossi .
A rare work depicting Samvara with 4 heads, each adorned with a large five-skull crown, and twelve arms, in embrace with the consort (Chakrasamvara refers to the two together), his main hands holding the same attributes as before, the upper ones supporting the hide of an elephant above their head – a feature we saw on a 9th century Kashmiri work. The remaining right hands hold a stick, a drum, an axe, the broken one would have held a flaying knife. The remaining left hands hold a noose, a skull cup, Brahma’s head with four faces, a ritual staff. The two victims under their feet are Bhairava and Kalaratri, who embody ego and ignorance.
Circa 16th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara (labelled ‘sculpture of Yab-Yum’), gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Artemis (no front view available).
Most Tibetan sculptures have the elephant hide at the back.
15th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo on Rossi & Rossi
Here the elephant skin, of which only the front paws remain, is placed lower down, and the attributes in the remaining secondary hands are in a different order.
Circa 17th century, Tibet or Nepal, Chakrasamvara, zitan wood (red sandalwood) with pigment, private collection, photo by Nagel, Sale 100 China 2.
18th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Skinner Inc., sale 2528b.
16th-17th century, Tibet, Chakrasamvara, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Christie’s .
We hardly ever come across Chakrasamvara with four heads and six arms. The upper hands hold the hide of an elephant, the lower ones hold a drum and a skull cup, the main ones are as usual.