A bronze seated figure of Vajradaka Qianlong
Lot 614
A bronze seated figure of Vajradaka Qianlong
Sold for HK$ 106,250 (US$ 13,707) inc. premium

Lot Details
A bronze seated figure of Vajradaka Qianlong
Various Owners
A bronze seated figure of Vajradaka
Qianlong
The Buddhist figure seated atop a lotus pedestal with bent legs apart and hands crossed holding double vajra, the chest and large belly left bare except adorning jewellery and billowing scarf, the lower body wearing a dhoti formed of the facial skin of a mythical beast, all surmounted by an upturned head framed by an elaborate crown with earrings, the ferocious facial expression with opened mouth revealing sharp fangs.
12.6cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清乾隆 銅噉食空行母香薰蓋

    As quoted by Jeff Watts on Himalayanart.org, "this is a ritual piece used while performing one of several specific meditations involving purification. At a certain point in the meditation black sesame seeds are inserted into the mouth of the Vajradaka sculpture which then fall through the body and onto an incense pot filled with burning embers or coals. The seeds are burnt and the smoke rises upwards and dissipates just as the defilements or sins of the practitioner are destoyed through the power of the ritual".

    Compare a larger example from the Shelley and Donald Rubin collection, currently housed in the Rubin Museum of Art, accession no.P2001.25.4.
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