|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Tibet House, New York|
Troma Nagmo (Sanskrit: Krishna Krodhini. English: the Fierce Black One), a wrathful form of Vajravarahi, with a retinue of Four Dakinis.
"...Bhagavani [Krodha Kali] with a great radiance at the time of darkness, fierce and raging. The main face is wrathful, the very pure relative truth, and the upper face of a pig is the pure ultimate truth, gazing upward; [both] having three round red eyes. The right hand holds a curved knife upraised and the left a skullcup of blood [held] to the heart. In the bend of the left elbow, as the nature of method, appears a katvanga staff. Wearing an elephant hide as an upper garment and a tiger skin as a lower garment; adorned with snakes and bones. Dark yellow hair bristles upward, the remainder falling loose. With a crown of five dry human skulls, a necklace of fifty fresh. The left leg is extended in a half dance posture pressing on the heart of a human corpse. Appearing youthful and dwelling in the middle of a blazing mass of fire." (Terdag Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646-1714) and Min-ling Lochen Dharmashri 1654-1718).
Blue-black in colour with one face and two hands, she holds a curved knife upraised and a skullcup to the heart. A katvanga staff rests against the shoulder. Standing in a dancing posture on the left leg she is surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness. Four dakinis, yellow, red, green and white, identical in appearance, stand at the sides.
At the top center is Amitabha, the budhha of light, red in colour. Two Gelugpa lamas with yellow pandita hats sit at the sides. At the bottom center is the powerful tutelary deity red Hayagriva, at the left the protectors Chitipati, and on the right the worldly protector deity Tsi'u Marpo, red of colour, dressed as a warrior, riding a horse. Three skullcup offering bowls are presented in the foreground.
Jeff Watt 2-2000