Lot 52: Qing Dynasty Chinese Gilt Bronze Vajrabhairava w Consort Statue Musuem Quality
November 30, 2016
Sunrise, FL, USALive Auction
Description: Antique Qing Dynasty Chinese Tibetian Gilt Bronze Figure of Vajrabhairava Yamantaka with Consort. Standing in Alidhasana with his consort atop various prostrate figures and animals over a lotus base; he with his tiered crown and 34 arms radiating about him, each holding a different implement. His moveable primary arms grasping his consort, and holding the curved knife and skull cup; clad in a pendant belt of bones and garlands of severed heads and snakes. His wrathful faces surmounted by his hair rising into a flaming chignon and secured by crowns of skulls. She also holding a curved knife and skull cup, and wearing a pendant belt of bones; further adorned with jewelry and garlands with skulls, her flowing hair pulled into a topknot and secured with a tiara of skulls. Vajrabhairava Yamantaka is one of the eight protectors of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the terrifying form of Manjushri, the God of Wisdom, whose head is visible in the flaming headdress. He takes the wrathful form in order to conquer Yama, the God of Death, thus symbolizing the victory of Wisdom or Knowledge over Death or Ignorance, which are considered one and the same in Tibetan Buddhism. in his present aspect of Vajrabhairava, he is also associated with the Hindu god Bhairava, a form of Shiva who destroys the universe at the end of each Hindu eon. By incorporating both aspects, Vajrabhairava became one the most powerful divinities of Tibetan Buddhism. Bequest from John Bass to the Bass Museum of Art collection. Good antique condition with light wear to gilt surface. Measures 16" x 12 1/2" x 6". In house USA domestic shipping $150 plus insurance.