Skip to Content
Closed now, next open tomorrow. Closed now, next open tomorrow.

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

A work made of gilt bronze with gemstones and pigments.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

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


18th century



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.


Currently Off View


Arts of Asia


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


Tibet (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.



Gilt bronze with gemstones and pigments


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

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

Reference Number


IIIF Manifest  The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) represents a set of open standards that enables rich access to digital media from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions around the world.

Learn more.

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.


Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions