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A rare polychrome wood figure of Chitipati Qing dynasty, 18th century | 清十八世紀 木雕彩繪屍陀林像

Estimate:

240,000

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- 260,000 HKD

A rare polychrome wood figure of Chitipati Qing dynasty, 18th century | 清十八世紀 木雕彩繪屍陀林像

A rare polychrome wood figure of Chitipati Qing dynasty, 18th century | 清十八世紀 木雕彩繪屍陀林像

Estimate:

240,000

to
- 260,000 HKD

A rare polychrome wood figure of Chitipati

Qing dynasty, 18th century

清十八世紀 木雕彩繪屍陀林像


superbly modelled in the form of the two protectors, each standing in ardhaparyankasana in mirror image of one another with the knees intertwined, all atop a conch and cowrie shell on a base bordered with pendent lappets, each skeletal protector rendered denuded of flesh and adorned with a billowing scarf, the skull portrayed with a third eye and surmounted by a five-leaf crown, further depicted holding in the hand a ritual implement

39 cm

There are minor expected age cracks and shallow chips to the fragile extremities but the figure is in good overall condition with just small areas of repainting and light stabilisation.


整體品相良好,邊沿有輕細舊裂紋及淺磕,屬正常。小處補彩及輕微加固。


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This extraordinary sculpture depicts the dancing Chitipati, fierce protectors of tantric practitioners in Vajrayana Buddhist imagery and ritual. In the Tantric context, the charnel ground is both a literal and metaphorical arena for Buddhist practice – a potent reminder of the impermanence of life; the mental constructs of aversion and impurity; and the craving for a human body and future rebirths.

Chitipati are associated with the eight great charnel grounds (astamahasmashana) of the Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini mandalas, and invoked as the skeletal protectors of Tantric practitioners. Chitipati are typically depicted completely denuded of flesh, with a third eye, wearing a five-leaf or five-skull crown, holding kinkara-danda (skeleton clubs) or other ritual implements aloft, and with knees intertwined. The ghouls and spirits of the charnel ground, including the kinkara, are governed by the Chitipati.

A bronze figure of the dancing Chitipati in the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, iconographically close to the current lot, is illustrated in Barbara Lipton and Nima Dorjee Ragnubs, Treasures of Tibetan Art: Collections of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, New York, 1996, cat. no. 89. See also a large gilt-bronze figure, probably depicting an individual Chitipati, sold in these rooms, 3rd October 2017, lot 3144.

此屍陀林像,相對起舞,躍然如生。屍陀林為勝樂金剛與金剛亥母壇城中八大寒林之護法神,多乾枯無肉,三眼,著五葉或五骷髏冠,手持法器,兩膝交錯,寒林中的鬼神,均為屍陀林所掌管。

參考紐約雅克馬歇西藏藝術博物館藏屍陀林對舞銅像,圖見 Barbara Lipton 及 Nima Dorjee Ragnubs,《Treasures of Tibetan Art: Collections of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art》,紐約,1996年,編號89。另見一尊鎏金銅屍陀林像,雖形單隻影,靈動可畏,售於香港蘇富比2017年10月3日,編號3144。