Goddess Vajravarahi

Goddess Vajravarahi

c. 1040-c. 1310

Unbaked clay and pigment

Overall: 63.5 cm (25 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1964.103

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Fun Fact

The wooden post is an original and would have been set into a sculpted corpse.

Description

This powerful red goddess dances vigorously and raises one hand that would have held a flaying knife, while the other once held a skull cup. Her bone skirt and garland of freshly severed heads complement the skulls that adorn her crown. Her eyes bulge, her brow furrows, and she bares her teeth. These attributes communicate her power to assist her followers in overcoming passions, ignorance, and fear. This is one of the earliest surviving images made of unbaked clay, using an iron armature and rope strings to support the ornament.

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