Bronze Vajrayoginī, Nepal, Shah Gurkha Period


Vajrayoginī (Nãrodãkinĩ) bronze

One presentation of Vajrayoginī in the Yogini adamantine, as displaying the great Indian sage, the Mahasiddha Naropa (1016-1100). It comes from the cycle of Cakrasamvara Tantra. It embodies a complete Buddhism in female form. Vajrayoginī is very popular with the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Firmly planted on her legs in ālīdh asana position on a lotus-shaped base. She is represented naked, symbolizing the lack of appearance attachments. Depicted in red, she holds a curved cleaver (here partially broken) in her right hand and a skull cup in her left hand. The khatvānga, a staff used Tantric ceremony, is placed in the left elbow’s fold. Adorned with earrings, bracelets, necklace and belt, she also wears a heavy long garland decorated with severed heads around her neck.

Nepal, Kathmandu Vally, Shah Gurkha Period, 18th Century

Height: 11,5 cm (4-1/2 in.).

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  • Expertissim Reference: 2012100485