12 December 2018
IMPORTANTE STATUE DE MAHAKALA EN BRONZE INCRUSTE D'ARGENT ET DE CUIVRE
TIBET, XVEME SIECLE
Il est représenté assis sur un corps placé sur la base lotiforme, les mains principales tiennent le cœur et le kapala, les deux autres brandissant l'épée et le trishula. Il est vêtu de peaux de tigre, paré d'un collier de têtes et de bijoux. Son visage est féroce, ses yeux et son troisième œil incrustés d'argent et de cuivre, ses lèvres incrustées de cuivre ; scellée.
Hauteur: 17,5 cm. (6 7/8 in.), socle
The Private Collection of Lionel and Danielle Fournier of Himalayan Art, collected in Europe during 1970s-1980s.
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G. Béguin, Art ésotérique de l'Himâlaya : La donation Lionel Fournier, Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris 1990, p. 179.
Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet, 13 October 1990 - 28 January 1991.
Mahakala or Ye shes mgon po is one of the most popular protective and tutelary deities in Tibet. As tutelary deity he is an enlightened being given by a teacher to his pupil to meditate upon and to identify with. He is also considered to be one of the eight protectors of Buddhism and its followers. Many forms of the deity are known. The present example however shows an extremely rare and specific form of him, pressing an enemies heart with his principle right hand which blood is received by the skull-cup recipient held in his principle left hand. Both secondary hands hold the sword of wisdom and the trident that represents power over the nervous system. He is seated on a corpse, pot-bellied and his face showing a ferocious expression. A tiara ornamented with five skulls is keeping his hair in balance. The silver inlaid eyes, red-copper lips, enemies heart and content of the skull-cup contrast well with the metal colour of the figure itself which is even emphasized by the subtle inlay of turquoise beads. The detailed and superb casting makes this bronze an important testimony of Tibetan craftmanship.
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