• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 249

    A Gilt Bronze Figure of Hayagriva Sangdrup

    TIBET, CIRCA 18TH CENTURY

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    A Gilt Bronze Figure of Hayagriva Sangdrup
    Tibet, circa 18th century
    Trampling in alidhasana over multiple snakes on a lotus base, his multiple arms splayed out to the sides and holding various instruments, clad in a tiger skin and a garland of severed heads, the three wrathful faces surmounted by three horse heads emerging from his flaming hair and secured with an elaborate skull tiara, backed by a flaming aureola, sealed with a base plate incised with a double-vajra
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) high


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    Hayagriva Sangdrup ('Secret Accomplishment') is the manifestation of the wrathful activity of Buddha Amitabha. Practiced in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the worship of Hayagriva Sangdrup was propagated throughout Tibet in the 12th century by the lama Kyergangpa, who was said to have acquired the teaching in a dream from Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.

    Provenance

    Acquired in New York, March 1998


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