Indian and Himalayan Art
c. 17th - 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan
Gilded copper alloy with polychrome
1964-180-2a,bGift of Natacha Rambova, 1964
LabelDakinis are lesser female deities who inhabit cremation grounds and help Tibetan Buddhist adepts attain knowledge. This sculpture depicts Sarvabuddhadakini (Dakini of All the Buddhas). Two-armed and nude but for bone jewelry including a garland and crown of skulls, she crushes other deities underfoot. In one hand she carries a chopper to cut away illusion; in the other she drinks from a foaming skull cup of blood. Despite the grimness of her imagery, Sarvabuddhadakini connotes a universal ideal of deliverance.
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