Fun fact: Tibetan Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism and the Dalai Lama's followers believe that he is manifestation of Avaloketesvara.
Date: approx. 1400-1500
Simhavaktra DakiniDate: 1736-1795
A dakini is a female sky spirit (dakini can be translated as "she who traverses the sky" or sometimes, more poetically, "sky dancer"), a female embodiment of enlightened energy. As energy, they are often volatile. Dakini serve as protectors, muses, and removers of obstacles to enlightenment. This one's hair blazes upward with the fire of wisdom, and her lion's head indicates fearlessness in confronting all obstacles to liberation.