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    Sale 1974

    Indian & Southeast Asian Art

    21 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 682

    A Large Bronze Purbhu

    TIBET, 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A Large Bronze Purbhu
    Tibet, 16th Century
    The iron tripartite blade issuing from the fangs of a makara with snakes winding down the sides, the central part cast over an iron armature with a vajra between endless knots in openwork, surmounted by the three-headed Mahakala with skull tiara and half-vajra finial
    26 5/8 in. (67.6 cm.) high


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    Large purbhu such as this would have been placed on a tantric shrine, or placed in the center of a three-dimensional mandala during initiation rituals and consecrations.

    Provenance

    Acquired in 1993, New York


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Connecticut Collection