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18th C. Tibetan Antique Gilt Bronze Cast Figure of Vajrabhairava

18th C. Tibetan Antique Gilt Bronze Cast Figure of Vajrabhairava

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1900: Item # 1455311
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An incredible Tibetan gilt bronze dynamic figure of Vajrabhairava, the wrathful form Manjushri. In Tibetan: dor je jig je, pa wo chigpa. In English: The Solitary Hero Vajra Terror. Vajrabairava is part of the practice of Yamataka (of the Gelug tradition). In this sculpture, Vajrabairava is locked in tantric embrace with his female counterpart. He has 9 faces, the central face being of a buffalo and the uppermost head that of Manjushri. He is flanked on either side by 34 arms, each holding different aspects of the path. Traditionally, he has 16 legs which stand on the prostrate bodies of humans, animals and birds.
Vajrabhairava is one of the most formidable deities in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon, and this artistically exceptional and powerfully cast figure is likely to have been made by Newar artists in Tibet. The figure of Vajrabhairava is framed by a large nimbus of fire. Made of gilt bronze cast with details in red and black mineral pigments. Old temple stones of ruby and turquoise remaining on arms and body.

Two collectors seals on the back : On the back Gau there is an opening for consecrated relics which is sealed.

Age: Circa 18th century

Dimensions: 10 1/4" high x 7 1/2" wide x 2 1/2" deep