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The fan of Hevajra’s arms forms a perfect arc around the deeply engaged couple as they lunge to the right in alidha posture. Both deities are naked save for their crowns, human bone jewellery and aprons. Faces are imbued with intensity while the parted lips are said to be emitting the reverberating cosmic sound HUM. Nairatmya, “Without Self”, folds her left arm around the neck of her consort and thrusts out her right hand holding the vajrakartrika flaying knife. Kapaladhara Hevajra is described in the medieval eastern Indian treatise Hevajra Tantra, masterfully interpreted in this rare early Ming gilt bronze: “… black am I and terrible … but my inner nature is tranquil, and holding Nairatmya in loving embrace, I am possessed of tranquil bliss …”, see Rob Linrothe, Ruthless Compassion, London, 1999, pp 268-9 for a full discussion of the iconography and Indian origin of Hevajra.
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