Yama Dharmaraja (lit. Lord of Death, King of the Law), the pot bellied, buffalo headed deity, is depicted in a powerful stance atop his vehicle, the buffalo, who rests on a prostrate human figure, representing perseverance over ignorance and worldly desires, on a lotus base. His hair, shaped like flames and painted red with mineral pigments, emanates from the top of his head, secured by a crown of skulls. He is festooned with ropes of jewels secured by the dharmachakra (wheel of law). A necklace of severed heads hangs around his neck. His erect member proudly on display.
Yama Dharmaraja is a wrathful emanation of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. He appears in this wrathful form as a metaphorical slayer of death, in order to liberate practitioners from samsara, the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
Heavily cast in two parts and richly gilded, unsealed.
||Gilt Metal, Cast
||Good. Very good condition, expected rubbing to the gilding and some surface dirt.
The base unsealed.
||Wear consistent with age and use
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