Tibet, 17th/18th century One female and one male, the male differentiated by single horn, each standing attentively with a raised head and pricked ears. 10 in. (25.4 cm.) high
These deer would have been flanking a cakra or wheel of law and set upon the entry gate or roof of a monastery, signifying the first teaching that the Buddha gave.
Compare with a pair of prone deer of similar proportions in Thurman and Weldon, Sacred Symbols, 1999, no. 1 and a standing pair formerly in the Doris Duke Collection, see Christie's, New York, 2004, lot 938.
Provenance: Acquired from Dragon Culture, Hong Kong J. Russell Wherritt Trust
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