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Tibetan Bronze Image of Vajra Yogini

Tibet
18th century

height: 6.2cm, width: 4.7cm, weight: 79g

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Provenance

private collection, London

This small, but intricately cast image of Vajra Yogini shows the deity seated on a lotus pedestal, crowned, with ample jewellery and flowing ribbons and holding aloft in her right hand a skull cup (kappala). She is depicted conventionally as a younger woman, with a third eye on her forehead.

Small images like these often were used by nomads. They were carried from place to place and used on small, portable altars.

Vajra Yogini is seen as a female Buddha and dakini, with a transcendent passion that is free of selfishness and illusion. She works for the well-being of others and for the destruction of egos.  She is seen as an ideal deity for those with strong passions, providing a way to transform those passions into enlightened virtues. Among her powers is the transformation of all mundane daily experiences into higher spiritual paths.

The figure here is well cast and shows much fine detail. The consecration no longer is intact. The patina is suggestive of good age.

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