Central Asia, Tibet, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. A gorgeous cast silver statue of Yamantaka, the Lord of Death in Vajrayana Buddhism. The figure stands atop a water buffalo, which is lying atop a prone human figure. The statue is solid silver, while the ornate pedestal it stands upon is made from silver sheet. Yamantaka is depicted with great detail from all sides, standing in a dramatic pose with his hands spread wide, facing forward, almost like he's surfing on the back of the water buffalo, who also appears to be leaping forward; overall the portrait is one of dynamic movement. His face is that of a buffalo, and his fearsome, flaming headdress flies out behind his two large horns, which have three small human skulls between them. Although Yamantaka seems fierce and devilish, he is also compassionate, seen as turning his wrath against the forces of anger, hate, and death that work against humanity. Size: 3.1" W x 4.3" H (7.9 cm x 10.9 cm); 441.6 grams
Provenance: private Southern California, USA collection
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