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Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Heruka

Sino-Tibetan Gilt Bronze Heruka


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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1800: Item # 1404605
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A gilt bronze figure of Heruka with fierce rolling tongue expression, holding a chopper and skull cup. The deity stands in a warrior's pose with right knee up and pivoting. The flowing drapery suggests movement and dance rituals. The figure is mounted on a bronze base.

Heruka is the name of a category of wrathful deities in Vajrayana Buddhism. These enlightened beings adopt a fierce countenance to benefit sentient beings. In East Asia, they are called Wisdom Kings. Herukas represent the embodiment of indivisible bliss and emptiness.

Date: 18th Century

Dimensions: 9.5 with stand X 3"X 2.25"and 5" w/o stand.