• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2300

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    23 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 252

    An Unusual Gilt Bronze Figure of a Dharmapala

    TIBETO-CHINESE, CIRCA 1800

    Price Realised  

    An Unusual Gilt Bronze Figure of a Dharmapala
    Tibeto-Chinese, circa 1800
    Standing on three legs over prostrate figures on a silver base, his primary arms crossed in front of him holding two skull cups with his other arms in various mudras, clad in a short dhoti made from leaves, with a garland of severed heads, his four wrathful faces all baring fangs, with remains of polychromy
    12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.) high


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    The three legs arranged in a tripod formation is unusual in Tibetan sculpture. For a similar example, see W. Zwalf, Buddhism: Art and Faith, 1985, cat. no. 304, p. 210.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Boston, 1989