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Masterpiece: The Buddhist Deity Simhavaktra Dakini

Simhavaktra means "lion faced" or "lion headed," and a dakini is a "sky-walker"—an inhabitant of the realm of the sky in the mind. Simhavaktra balances deftly, despite her apparently awkward posture. To successfully create a sculpture of this type, extremely high levels of artistic skill were necessary. Indeed, Simhavaktra is one of only two comparable sculptures still extant in the world.