GILT BRONZE FIGURE OF YAMANTAKA AND CONSORT VAJRAVETALI TIBET 18TH CENTURY

Casting in alidhasana upon birds,
elephant, horses, and the bodies of
prostrate figures above a beaded lotus
base, his 32 arms radiate about him with
the primary arms grasping his consort and
holding a kartika ritual curved knife and
skull cap, wearing an elephant skin at his
back, with deities symbolize avatar of
Manjusri within tall flaming hair, his face is
cast with a wrathful expression, height
9.4”
— 24 cm.
$20,000—30,000




As a wrathful manifestation of Manjusri, the Buddhist god of Wisdom,
Yamantaka takes the infuriated form of a buffalo-headed guardian in order
to conquer Yama, the God of Death. Known as an ‘Iṣṭadevata’ in Mahayana
Buddhism or ‘Yidam’ in the Gelug School, Yamantaka protects the followers
of tantric Buddism. Symbolizing the victory of wisdom/knowledge over
death/ignorance, Yamantaka is important not only because he belongs to
Anuttarayoga Tantra, the highest yoga tantra, but also because of is
associations with the Chinese Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) who regarded
Manjusuri as his own meditational deity.




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