23 March 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 15,000
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
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.
Acquired in Boston, 1989
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