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AN UNUSUAL LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF CHAKRASAMVARA
DALI KINGDOM, 11TH / 12TH CENTURY
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71
AN UNUSUAL LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF CHAKRASAMVARA
DALI KINGDOM, 11TH / 12TH CENTURY
Estimation
200 000300 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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AN UNUSUAL LACQUERED BRONZE FIGURE OF CHAKRASAMVARA
DALI KINGDOM, 11TH / 12TH CENTURY
the deity portrayed standing in alidhasana with his principal arms crossed at his chest, holding the vajra and bell, the other ten arms fanned out animatedly around him grasping a variety of attributes with two stretching out a skin across his back, wearing a short dhoti tied with a sash that reaches to his feet, the three heads with fierce expressions surmounted by another head, all crowned with skull tiaras, and topped with a figure of Shakyamuni Buddha
Height 15 in., 39.5 cm
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Provenance

Christie’s Amsterdam, 21st November 2001, lot 134.

Description

The name Chakrasamvara literally means the Wheel of Bliss, and he is a tantric meditational deity. Chakrasamvara is believed to be a manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha, who takes this form in order to benefit all sentient beings. In the present figure, this belief is indicated by the small Shakyamuni Buddha that surmounts the figure.

The present figure resembles images of fierce protectors excavated in Yunnan, such as the one illustrated in The Remaining Treasures of the Buddhist Kingdom, The Nanzhao-Dali Kingdom: Paradise of Buddhism, Kunming, 2007, p. 109, and now in the Yunnan Provincial Museum. The facial features and the way the multiple arms are irregularly arranged are strikingly similar.

Another example of a fierce protector from the Dali Kingdom is in the collection of the British Museum and is illustrated in Chinese Art in Overseas Collections, Buddhist Sculpture II, Taipei, 1995, no. 169.

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