Late 19th / Early 20th Century Sino Tibetan Bronze Buddha & consort Shakti in Tantric Yab-Yum embrace. Both figures on lotus blossom base. In excellent condition with one small void on back of Shakti. 7 1/2" high x 5" wide x 4 1/4" deep. Ex: E. Rose collection, Florida. Purchased in China in 1946 during WWII. This posture of the Buddha is symbolic of the union between the feminine and masculine principles of creation. The male is Shiva (Yab, father, inactive, consciousness) and the female Shakti (Yum, active, power as manifest in matter.) This form of tantric sexuality is a reenactment of the creation ritual in cosmos as it is also done on a human level (1). On a cosmic level, the creation of galaxies, solar systems, and planets is reflective of the process of union between the Spirit (Yab) and Matter (Yum). When a child is born during intercourse that would be the creation ritual on a microcosmic/personal level.