Tibetan Gilded Bronze Buddha
Embracing Consort on Pretas
19th century and earlier
H 7.5 in.(19cm), W 5.5 in.(14cm), D 3 in.(7.5cm)
Condition: minor abrasions.
fierce form of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, beautifully cast in several
sections with hand-chased details, this 19th century statue of Hayagriva with
consort Marichi is standing in pratyalida pose. Clasping his consort in his front
left hand he holds a skull cup filled with transformed blood and guts of sentient
beings. Hayagriva wears a belt strung with freshly severed heads, a lion skin
loincloth with the head attached. Both figures holding choppers in their right
hands, and wearing skull crowns, armlets, anklets and strands of bone beads. Beneath
their feet are vanquished pretas, representing the grasping human ego. The two
deities are set atop a 24 petals lotus throne, which is consecrated and sealed
with a viswa vajra copper plate, untouched and is in very good condition.