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Gods and spirits in Asia

A sky-walker

Height: 40.600 cm

Asia OA 1948.7-16.24

A sky-walker

From: Tibet
Date: 19th century AD

This bright painted figure is a dakini, which means 'sky-walker'. Dakinis were female spirits who had special wisdom and magic powers. This one is called Sarvabuddhadakini which means 'Dakini of all the Buddhas'.

In her left hand Sarvabuddhadakini is holding a cup made from a skull and filled with blood. The shapeless object beneath her feet is actually a dead body, which shows that she has the power to destroy evil.