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4. Yama Dharmaraja
Sino-Tibet
18th c.
Bronze
10 in. (25.4 cm.)
Yama Dharmaraja

Provenance:
Christie’s New York, March 16, 2016, lot 267
From the collection of the Swedish artist and designer, Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960)
From the Collection of the Krook Family

Striding in alidhasana on a buffalo over a prone human figure on a lotus base with his hands extended out to his sides, adorned with beaded jewelry, a garland of severed heads, the face ferocious with the mouth open and tongue extended, the flaming hair topped by a skull tiara, Yami astride his leg offering a skullcup in her left hand, wearing an animal skin on her back, her face with wrathful expression, a consecration chamber open on the verso of the primary figure, with traces of polychromy on the heads of both figures and the buffalo.

Based on Pala period style bronze work, the deity on the present figure can be compared with an eighteenth century figure of Ekavira Vajrabhairava, which displays similar modeling particularly of the head and jewelry (U. von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, p.p.472-473, fig.130c). Compare the bull mount with a similarly rendered sow, see U. von Schroeder, uibid, p.p.488-489, fig. 138E.


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