Nepalese Bronze Buddha
Nepal, Circa: 19th Century
H 5.5" (14cm), W 3.75" (9.5cm), D
: arms loss, o.a. very good!
bronze, dark patina with green mineral deposits, well conceived capturing the
ferocity of Yamantaka, the conqueror of Death, grief, sorrow and fear that are
inextricably bound up with samsaric existence. His head is that of a buffalo;
he wears a crown of five skulls representing his conquest of the five thieves--weaknesses
of the human personality that obstruct spiritual development. (The five evils
are lust/addiction, wrath/rage, greed (whether for materialistic objects or worldly
experience), attachment, and ego, the clinging to belief in a permanent separate
self. Yamantaka represents luminous wisdom which dismantles these fixations. Seen
here with his consort in aggressive posture atop a beaded open-lotus base.
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