A gilt-bronze figure of Dharmaraja
Mid Qing dynasty
Cast in two pieces, the alert face of Yama resembles a fierce bull's with three eyes and an open mouth exposing his four pointy canine framed by bushy eyebrows and beard below a pair of sharp horns, his reddish upswept hair surmounted by a five skull diadem, the bare body charged with strength and energy as he brandishes a skeleton club in his right hand, wearing a rosary of multi-figural heads and a dharma wheel ornament that extenuates his protruding belly, his bent knee stands on the head of a water buffalo while his left leg rests on the rump of the animal, the smaller Camundi stands on the same buffalo with her left leg while her right leg is slightly raised, lifting a blood filled skull cup to Yama in her right grip, her ensemble comprises of an animal skin shawl, beaded bracelets and anklets, the jeweled water buffalo strategically placed atop a human figure, who is lying face up on a sun cushion above a lotus base.
Chinese Works of Art
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