DakiniArtist(s)Object Creation Date15th centuryMedium & SupportbronzeDimensions
4 9/16 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 2 3/16 in. ( 11.6 cm x 6.3 cm x 5.5 cm )Credit LineGift of Michele CaplanSubject matter
Tentatively identified as a dakini, a "sky walker": a popular type of goddess in Tibetan Buddhism. Dakinis are shown naked, and as in this image, usually wear a garland of skulls and carry a skull cup. In this example the goddess holds a vajra ("thunderbolt," a ritual scepter) in her upraised right hand, rather than the more usual chopper. She sways in a dance pose, bending her right knee and balancing precariously on her right foot—which crushes a tiny figure underneath. She is nakekd apart from jewelry and a long garland of skulls. The symbolism for such images is complex, but broadly speaking, dakinis represesnt the spontaneous energy of the mind stripped of delusion and defilements.
Dakinis are a popular subject in Himalayan art.Physical Description
A bronze image of a dancing figure, cast in the cire perdue (lost wax) technique in one piece with its lotus-petal base.Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypecastingAdditional Object Classification(s)Ritual ObjectCollection AreaAsianRights
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miniature (size attribute)
skulls (skeleton components)