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STATUE DE CINTAMANIMAHAKALA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORE
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STATUE DE CINTAMANIMAHAKALA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORE

TIBET, XVIIIEME SIECLE

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STATUE DE CINTAMANIMAHAKALA EN BRONZE PARTIELLEMENT DORE
TIBET, XVIIIEME SIECLE
Représenté debout sur deux éléphants reposant sur une base lotiforme, ses deux mains principales tenant le ratna enflammé et le kapala, ses autres mains en tarjanimudra, tenant le damaru et le karttrika, vêtu du dhoti, paré de bijoux incrustés de turquoises et d'une guirlande de cintamani, une écharpe passée sur ses épaules, le visage doré à froid, les détails peints, les dents incrustées de nacre, le front ceint d'une tiare en partie incrustée, les cheveux formés de volutes rouges, entouré d'un halo de flammes, scellé
Hauteur: 27,5 cm. (10 7/8 in.)
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A PARCEL GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF CINTAMANIMAHAKALA
TIBET, 18TH CENTURY

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Lot Essay

Mahakala belongs to the class of dharmapalas or protectors of the Buddhist Faith. According to Tibetan tradition the dharmapalas are pre-Buddhist local deities. They were subdued by the great master Padmasambhava and included into the pantheon as fierce defenders of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan iconographic texts describe over seven various forms of Mahakala. This six-armed form is known as Cintamanimahakala or the 'Mahakala with the Wish Bestowing Gem'. He tramples on two Ganeshas, the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom and wealth. He wears a variety of Chinese auspicious symbols. Unusual are the turquoise inlaid crown and mother-of-pearl inlaid teeth, underlining his name.

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