Lotus | Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of Yama Dharmaraja
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Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Figure of Yama Dharmaraja

$13,500.00

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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.

MATERIAL NOTES: Gilt Metal, Cast
CONDITION: Good. Very good condition, expected rubbing to the gilding and some surface dirt.
The base unsealed.
WEAR: Wear consistent with age and use
HEIGHT: 6.5″
WIDTH: 4.75″
DEPTH: 2″
DEALER LOCATION: Austin, TX
NUMBER OF ITEMS: 1
REFERENCE NUMBER: LU89471786392
Additional Information
PLACE OF ORIGIN

Tibet

PERIOD

Mid-18th Century