Dakini

Dakini

This dynamic figure is probably a Buddhist Dakini, a female embodiment of enlightened energy. Dakinis frequently act as muses or guides for spiritual practice. Striking a highly controlled, militant pose, she wields a rattle drum and a ritual staff in her upper two hands and a skull cup and chopper in the lower pair. A garland of severed heads adds to her ferocity, as does the crown of skulls that pulls back her hair, which falls in luxuriant waves down her back.

Details

  • Title : Dakini
  • Year : 16th century
  • Classification : Sculpture
  • Medium : Gilded Copper Alloy, Gemstones
  • Dimension : Overall (without base): 4 1/2 × 4 3/4 × 2 in. (11.43 × 12.07 × 5.08 cm)
  • Accession No : Object Number: 91.485
  • Country/ Geo-location : NEPAL
  • Museum : Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Credit Line : Gift of Orrin Hein
  • Status : Location: G327 - South Asian Galleries