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Tantric Enlightened Being (Vajrayogini) Queen of Bliss (Dechen Gyalmo)

A work made of gilt bronze with gemstones and pigments.
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  • A work made of gilt bronze with gemstones and pigments.

Date:

18th century

Artist:

Tibet

About this artwork

Dechen Gyalmo (Queen of Bliss) is a female Buddha more specifically known as a vajrayogini, or a female yogi, who has attained enlightenment through the practice of yoga and by following the tantric (Vajrayana) Buddhist path. Her aspect is somewhat horrific, as she has three eyes, raised eyebrows and bares her teeth. She is naked except for a bone apron strung from her waist and swaying ornaments on her upper body, denoting her energized state. Her attributes include a double-headed drum (damaru) with ribbons attached in her raised right hand, while she holds a chopper (karttrika) in her left. Her wrathful quality is a sign of her yogic attainment. She has conquered armies of demons, and illusions (mara) and the inner evils of hatred, anger, greed and selfishness. She is most often represented in painting, but rarely seen in sculptural form.

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Title

Tantric Enlightened Being (Vajrayogini) Queen of Bliss (Dechen Gyalmo)

Origin

Tibet

Date

1701–1800

Medium

Gilt bronze with gemstones and pigments

Dimensions

22.4x 10.9 × 6.2 cm (8 13/16 × 4 1/4 × 2 7/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

Reference Number

2014.1014

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