A POLYCHROMED CLAY FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA FROM A CHAKRASAMVARA SHRINE WESTERN TIBET, 14TH/15TH CENTURY

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Lot 3087W
A POLYCHROMED CLAY FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA FROM A CHAKRASAMVARA SHRINE
WESTERN TIBET, 14TH/15TH CENTURY

Sold for US$ 47,500 inc. premium
Selections from the Elizabeth and Willard Clark Collection
A POLYCHROMED CLAY FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA FROM A CHAKRASAMVARA SHRINE
WESTERN TIBET, 14TH/15TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61569
23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm) wide

Footnotes

  • 西藏西部 陪臚泥塑像 十四/十五世紀

    Of extraordinary size, this prone figure was modeled to appear trampled under the foot of a monumental figure of Chakrasamvara. Bhairava's head is bent backward and turned to the right to accentuate his being squashed before the shrine's audience. His legs are animated, suggesting his struggle to escape the weight of Chakrasamvara pressing down on his back and head. The complete shrine would show Chakrasamvara standing on the Hindu divine couple Shiva and Parvati. Kalaratri would have been under his other foot, representing nirvana, while Bhairava here represents samsara

    Typical of the clay sculpture of Western Tibet, the figure is painted with vibrant colors. Compare a figure of Yamantaka photographed in 1948 (Govinda, Tibet in Pictures, Berkeley, 1979, p.183). Also compare the simple thick-banded gold jewelry and small mouth of the bronze figures in the King's Chapel murals of Guge published in Laird, Murals of Tibet, Taschen, 2018, and the now badly damaged Tsaparang Hayagriva, published in Tucci, Temples of Western Tibet, New Delhi, 1989, p.LXVIII, no.68.

    Provenance
    Shirley Day Ltd, London, 12 December 1986
    The Elizabeth and Willard Clark Collection, California
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A POLYCHROMED CLAY FIGURE OF BHAIRAVA FROM A CHAKRASAMVARA SHRINE WESTERN TIBET, 14TH/15TH CENTURY
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