Chinese Gilded Bronze Heruka Buddha
Yamantaka & Consort
Qing, late 19th century
H 7.5 in.(18cm), W 5.25 in.(13cm), D 3 in.(7.5cm)
Condition: very good!
dazzling bronze of the 34-armed, 16-legged form of Yamantaka embracing Consort
Vajravetali. The Conqueror Of Death has a long-horned bullhead, his red hair stands
on end where eight smaller heads circling around the back of his skull crown,
his mouth is opened wide revealing fangs and a tongue. Above his head is a Garuda,
and at the apex is a peaceful head of the Bodhisattva Manjusri, of whom Yamantaka
is the ferocious emanation.
see Yamantaka as the Remover of the Obstacle of Death, and and the judge of all
karmic acts. He enters the world in times of direst circumstance, his powers annihilate
the very root of evils, which is symbolized in his thirty-four arms; as seen here
in the central main hands he holds a chopping-knife and a human skull-bowl, the
other hands hold knives and axes, ritual bells, human feet, daggers and vajras,
tiger’s paws, freshly severed heads, menacing pointing fingers and so on. The
deity wears an elaborate jeweled girdle of skulls and anklets, embracing his consort
who holds the skull bowl and chopper, together they stand on the backs of four
small figures of subjugated deities above a double lotus base.
late Qing era gilded bronze was deaccessed from a Japanese museum collection.
An original certificate dated Taisho Ninth Year (1921) is included for the sale
of this item.