ca. 17th century
Gilt-copper alloy inlaid with semiprecious stones
H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); Wt. 2 lbs (.9 kg)
Gift of Mavis Pudding, 1979
Vajravarahi, a major deity in the Vajrayana tradition, witnesses the merging of Hindu iconography in the expanded Buddhist pantheon. This wrathful goddess has evolved from Varahi, one of the fearsome seven mother goddess of Hinduism, the Matrikas. Here she has lost the projecting boar head of earlier versions that linked her with Vishnu’s boar avatar Varaha.
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