'Vasya Vajravarahi', sculpture

'Vasya Vajravarahi', sculpture

'Vasya Vajravarahi'
Sculpture
Tibet
16th century
Museum no. IM.197-1937

The Buddhist goddess Vasya Vajravarahi ('Diamond Sow') represents wisdom and emptiness. Her symbol, the boar's head emerging from her skull, represents the delusion of ignorance that must be overcome in tantric practice. Her name signifies the Varahi or female aspect of the boar manifestation of Vishnu, Varaha, of Vajrayana Buddhism. She is a form of dakini, goddesses who 'walk in the sky', and ultimately represents inner space. Such figures are used to inspire, instruct and initiate human practitioners.