About this artwork
The goddess Vajravarahi, one of the many manifestations of Vajrayogini, a tantric female Buddha, is so called because she has a tiny sow’s head (varahi) above her right ear. The wild boar, a ferocious, aggressive animal symbolizes her relentless power to achieve liberation, overcoming all obstacles. She usually dances upon a corpse, absent here, and holds a flaying knife (kartrika) in her raised right hand and a skull cup (kapala) in her left. She is the consort to the god Samvara and is one of the few goddess-spouses to enjoy an independent cult status. She is especially revered by the Drukpas, a sub-sect of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Currently Off View
- Arts of Asia
- Goddess Vajravarahi Dancing with Chopper (karttrika) and Skullcup (kapala)
- Bronze with gold paint and pigment
- 11.8 × 6.9 × 3.3 cm (4 5/8 × 2 11/16 × 1 5/16 in.)
- Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf