30 March 2006
A Bronze Figure of Samvara and Consort
Nepal, circa 13th Century
Well modeled with Samvara embracing his consort Vajravarahi in yabyum, holding a vajra and ghanta in his principal hands, wearing a garland of severed heads, his face with a benign expression surmounted by a skull tiara and conical headdress, the skull tiaras and jewelry with hardstone inlay
7¼ in. (18.4 cm.) high
Collection of Prince and Princess Aschwin zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, acquired in 1965.
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