ARTEFACTS

Ushnishavijaya

  • Бизъяа / Жүгдэрнамжил(маа) / Bijiyaa / £ügder namǰil(maa)
  • Usnis-a bicaya
  • gTsug tor rnam rgyal ma
  • Uṣṇīṣavijayā
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  • Tsakli (ritual card)
  • 19th century
  • Mineral pigment
  • Height: 5,1 cm / Width: 4,3 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Leder/ Umlauff, Inv. Nr.: 35050
  • Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg
  • © Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg/ ÖAW
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The white Ushnishavijaya has three faces and eight arms. According to her iconography, her principal face is white, the right is yellow and the left is blue but on this print they were not coloured. She holds a double vajra with her first right hand in front of her heart. The second right hand lifts a lotus flower with a small image of Buddha Amitabha that on this print is symbolized by his seed syllable “Hrih.” With the third, right hand, she grasps an arrow. He remaining hand on the right displays the gesture of granting. Holding a vajra snare, she threatens with her first left hand. With her second left hand, she carries a bow, while showing the gesture of giving refuge with her third left hand and holding a flask filled ambrosia of immortality with her fourth left hand.
© Olaf Czaja
Ushnishavijaya
/ Mongolia / 19th century / © Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg/ ÖAW

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