A parcel gilt-bronze figures of Mahakala and stand Cast Qianlong seven-character mark and of the period
Lot 247*
A partially gilt-bronze figure of Mahakala and a stand Cast Qianlong seven-character mark and of the period
Sold for £28,800 (US$ 48,407) inc. premium
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A parcel gilt-bronze figures of Mahakala and stand Cast Qianlong seven-character mark and of the period A parcel gilt-bronze figures of Mahakala and stand Cast Qianlong seven-character mark and of the period A parcel gilt-bronze figures of Mahakala and stand Cast Qianlong seven-character mark and of the period
Lot Details
A partially gilt-bronze figure of Mahakala and a stand
Cast Qianlong seven-character mark and of the period
Standing in pratyalidhasana on a separate lotus base, wearing a tiger skirt, mala of severed heads, adorned with long beaded necklaces and with a live snake cord wrapped around his neck, his wrathful face with open mouth and flaming headdress, the separate base cast with the Qianlong seven-character mark and incised with two additional dedicatory inscriptions of three and six characters.
18.9cm (7½in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: purchased Sydney, Australia on 5 October 1962

    The present bronze figure belongs to a known group of Tibetan Buddhist images produced during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. The figures also bear the similar characteristic of being only partially gilt, with much of the black bronze body exposed. See a related figure of Mahakala in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Treasures of the Palace Museum. Buddhist Statues of Tibet, Hong Kong, 2003, p.250, fig.239. Three further bronzes belonging to this group were recently sold at Christie's Paris, 8 June 2010, lots 311-313.
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