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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1363

    A Bronze Figure of Achala

    TIBET, 14TH CENTURY

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    A Bronze Figure of Achala
    Tibet, 14th century
    Finely cast with the wrathful protector striding in alidhasana over a prostrate figure on a double-lotus base with beaded rims, brandishing a sword in his right hand and holding the noose in his left, wearing a tiger skin dhoti, swirling sashes, a coiled snake around his chest, and jewelry inlaid with hardstones, his face in a fierce countenance with bared fangs and three eyes, his hair rising to a flaming bun, the face with remains of cold gold
    6¾ in. (17cm.) high


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    This form of the deity Achala is important in the Kriya Tantra practice popularized by Atisha (982-1054), the founder of the Kadampa School, and by Lobpon Sonam Tsemo of Sakya (1142-1182).

    Provenance

    Private collection, England, acquired before 2000