A gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara  Tibet, Densatil style, 14th/15th century

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A gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara
Tibet, Densatil style, 14th/15th century

Sold for US$ 68,750 inc. premium
A gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara
Tibet, Densatil style, 14th/15th century
Embracing with slightly wrathful faces and lips touching, his arms wrapped around Vajravarahi crossing a lotus and ghanta in his primary hands, the others outstretched holding the feet of the elephant skin (now lost), a damaru, and kapala, their lissome bodies loaded with inset jewelry, beaded festoons, and garlands of severed heads.
7 1/2 in. (19 cm) high

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  • 西藏 丹薩替風格 十四/十五世紀 銅鎏金勝樂金剛像

    This is a rare representation of Chakrasamvara, which would have likely been part of an ensemble of five Chakrasamvaras, each assigned to one of the Buddha families. Holding a lotus in his primary right hand, instead of the typical vajra, this figure thus pertains to the Amitabha Buddha family.

    The heavy casting and rich gilding relate to works produced at the famed Densatil monastery and surrounding region of south central Tibet. Compare these, and similar treatments of the strands of pearls descending below the skull-crowns, the beaded bangles around their arms and ankles, the severed-head garlands, and the structural tang descending between his legs, to figures of Kalachakra associated with Densatil sold at Sotheby's, New York, 25 March 1999, lot 104; and 23 March 2000, lot 82 and a Samvara published in von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, New Delhi, 2008, p. 434, 115C.

    Also compare to a plaque with Saptadashashirshi Shri Devi and figures of Vajravarahi published in Czaja and Proser (ed.), Golden Visions of Densatil, New York, 2013, pp. 166-71, nos 42-4. Lastly, to a Chakrasamvara held in the Capital Museum, Beijing (www.himalayanart.org/items/59818).

    Referenced:
    HAR - himalayanart.org/items/33026

    Provenance:
    Collection of Fritz Levi, New York, acquired 1950s-1970s
    Thence by descent
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A gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara  Tibet, Densatil style, 14th/15th century
A gilt copper alloy figure of Chakrasamvara  Tibet, Densatil style, 14th/15th century
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