Chitipati plaque

18th-19th century, Tibet, citipati, private collection, photo by Drouot.

This plaque shows Shana Adhipat, one of the two frightful skeletal forms who are normally “dancing” together, adorned with nothing else but a skull crown and a skull finial on her cranium. She would normally hold a sheaf of grain in her right hand and a long-life vase in her left hand.