A copper alloy figure of Achala Tibet, 12th/13th century
Lot 7
A copper alloy figure of Achala
Tibet, 12th/13th century
US$ 60,000 - 80,000
£45,000 - 60,000

Lot Details
A copper alloy figure of Achala Tibet, 12th/13th century A copper alloy figure of Achala Tibet, 12th/13th century A copper alloy figure of Achala Tibet, 12th/13th century
A copper alloy figure of Achala
Tibet, 12th/13th century
Pinning a prone Ganapati down on the broad-leafed lotus base, Achala raises his sword and bears the threatening tarjani mudra, clothed in a tiger skin and adorned with serpents.
7 7/8 in. (20 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏 十二/十三世紀 不動明王銅像

    This powerful sculpture heightens Achala's ferocity through the application of silver inlaid teeth and copper inlaid eyes surrounded by cold-gold and orange pigment. Ganapati here is also unusually animate, with his upturned head and wide-eyed gaze.

    This form of the Achala is important in the Kriya Tantra practice popularized by Atisha (982-1054), the founder of the Kadampa School, and by Lobpon Sonam Tsemo of Sakya (1142-1182). Achala's role is to remove obstacles in the mind of a practitioner and protect the mind from negative forces. The deity appears in the Mahavairochana Sutra that was known in early 8th-century India and translated into Chinese in 724 CE.

    For a group of closely related examples see von Schroeder, Buddhist sculptures in Tibet, pp. 112-3, nos. 291A-E. Also compare with another example from the Gerd Wolfgang Essen Collection, in Essen & Thingo, Die Gotter des Himalaya, 1989, p. 160, fig. I-98. For a comprehensive discussion of the role of Achala in the Buddhist pantheon, see Rob Linrothe, Ruthless Compassion, Boston, 1999, pp. 151-6.

    Referenced
    HAR - himalayanart.org/items/61415

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    Private Collection, USA
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