|Date Range||1800 - 1899|
|Material||Ground: Textile Image, Embroidery|
|Collection||Carolyn and Wesley Halpert|
Vajravarahi (Tibetan: dor je phag mo. English: the Vajra Sow), most renowned female meditational deity of Anuttarayoga Tantra.
Slightly peaceful and slightly wrathful, red in colour, she has one face with three eyes and two hands. The right is held aloft holding a curved knife with a vajra handle. The left holds to the heart a white skullcup. A katvanga staff, with a blue vajra tip and three white skulls, leans against the shoulder. A long white scarf unfurls and twists about the upper body. Adorned with bone ornaments, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and the like, she wears a garland of variously coloured severed heads. Above a prone figure she dances with the right leg drawn up, atop an ornate sun disc and multi-coloured lotus blossom, standing surrounded by a dynamic outline of orange fire - the flames of pristine awareness.
This form of Vajravarahi, and the more complex versions with a mandala, are practiced predominantly in the Kagyu and Sakya Schools and arises from the Chakrasamvara cycle of tantras belonging to the wisdom (mother) class of Anuttarayoga Tantra.
Jeff Watt 5-99