A gilt-bronze figure of Mahakala Mid Qing dynasty

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Lot 294
A gilt-bronze figure of Mahakala Mid Qing dynasty

Sold for HK$ 2,900,000 (US$ 372,918) inc. premium
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A gilt-bronze figure of Mahakala
Mid Qing dynasty
The fearsome deity standing with both knees bent on a corpse above a single lotus throne, his ferocious face flanked by elongated ears and crowned with red flaming hair, his right hand holding a vajra and the left holding a kalasha, the figure bejewelled with semi-precious stones and elborate festoons with an elephant skin shawl drawn across his back, the sash and collar hanging chains of head throphies.
18cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清中期 銅鎏金大黑天佛像

    Mahakala is well-known to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. However, he is depicted in a number of variations, each with distinctly different qualities and aspects. The variations of Mahakala is manifested in the number of arms, but other details can vary as well. For instance, in some cases there are Mahakalas with multiple heads, standing or seated on a throne or a corpse, holding various Buddhist implements with other alternative adornments.

    For an example of a standing figure of Mahakala dated to the Ming dynasty in the Qing court collection, see Buddhist Statues of Tibet. The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, Hong Kong, 2003, pp.180-181, no.172.
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