Place Made:
c. 1200
Brass inlaid with copper and silver 
4-1/2 in. (11.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

A group of eight goddesses known as dakinis, or “sky-walkers,” play an important role in tantric or esoteric Buddhism. These female spirits are both human and divine, serving as teachers, removers of physical and spiritual obstacles and mediators between the earthly and higher levels of consciousness. Vajradakini wields a vajra, or thunderbolt, in her raised right hand. She wears leopard and tiger skins and has double strands of pearls encircling her ankles, wrists and elbows. Snakes writhe around her ample belly.

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