Artist: Unknown Artist
Size: 152 x 102 mm // 6 x 4 inches
This vermilion thangka depicts the four-armed form of the red subjugating goddess Kurukulla, whose practice is said to attract all beings and to enchant them with the power of love and desire. She stands in dancing bow-and-arrow posture, with her left foot pressing upon a corpse that lies upon her sun disc and lotus. She is beautiful and lusty, as youthful as a sixteen-year-old, with full breasts, three eyes, and a slightly wrathful expression. Her tawny-red hair streams upward, and she is crowned with a tiara of five dry white skulls. She wears gold ornaments, a long billowing silk scarf, a tiger-skin loincloth, a bone apron, and a garland of fifty freshly severed heads. With her first pair of hands she draws a bow and arrow fashioned from red lotus flowers and leaves. With her second pair of right and left hands she holds a hook and a noose, which are also fashioned from red lotuses. She abides within a blazing aura of wisdom fire, rays of ruby colored light stream from her body, and above her head stands the sixteen-armed blue yidam deity, Hevajra. In the upper left corner is King Indrabhuti of Uddiyana, and in the upper right corner is a lineage lama of the Tibetan Sakya tradition. In the bottom corners are two dakini attendants of Kurukulla, and the background landscape portrays the wild beauty of her natural abode on the Kurukulla Mountain of Uddiyana.
© text by Robert Beer