A gilt-bronze group of Hayagriva and consort Tibet, circa 17th century
Lot 154
A gilt copper alloy figure of Hayagriva and Vajravarahi Tibet, circa 17th century
Sold for US$ 62,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
A gilt-bronze group of Hayagriva and consort Tibet, circa 17th century A gilt-bronze group of Hayagriva and consort Tibet, circa 17th century
A gilt copper alloy figure of Hayagriva and Vajravarahi
A gilt copper alloy figure of Hayagriva and Vajravarahi
Tibet, circa 17th century
Inlaid silver eyes and bracelets; the three-headed, six-armed, and four-legged Hayagriva stands in pratalidhasana pose, his primary arms embrace his consort Vajravarahi, in his primary left hand he holds a kapala, in the right he holds a pasa, she holds a karttrka and a kapala, both are adorned with a tiger skin, silver bracelets and anklets, earrings, and skull crowns, a horse head arises from Hayagriva's surrounded by great red pigmented flames.
10 1/4 in. (26 cm) high

Footnotes

  • Of Brahmanic origin, Hayagriva was incorporated into Tibetan Buddhism as a defender of the dharma and is associated with the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, particularly in his eight-armed manifestation. In the Second Diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet he was especially promoted by Atisha (982-1054), and in due time became linked to all cults featuring horse spirits. Not unsurprisingly, he proved very popular amongst the nomadic Mongolians as well. In Tantric Buddhism his demon-conquering abilities were emphasized, both as dharmapala and as an important guardian of the Gelugpa order.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, New York, September 16 and 17, 1998, lot 142
    Private Collection, Virginia
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