A gilt bronze figure of Chakrasamvara and Vajravahari, 17th-18th century
Tibet, 18th century. The two in embrace striding in alidhasana atop a lotus base with a beaded edge. He is holding vajra and ghanta and is adorned with a long garland of severed heads and skulls, the face with a third eye below a skull tiara, the hair pulled into a high chignon. She is holding a flaying knife and skull cup, wearing a beaded pendant belt. The two are gazing into each other’s eyes with intense expressions.
Provenance: From a European private collection, assembled in the 1960s and 1970s.
Condition: Good condition with minor wear, few minuscule nicks and small dents, occasional light scratches. Remnants of pigment. The base unsealed.
Weight: 259.2 g
Dimensions: Height: 4 Inches (10.2 cm)
Width: 2 inches
Auction result comparison: Compare a closely related gilt bronze figure of Chakrasamvara and Vajravahari, also dated to the 18th century, at Sotheby’s London, in Important Chinese Art on 15 May 2019, lot 113, sold for GBP 3,500. Compare also a related Nepalese gilt bronze figure of Chakrasamvara and Vajravahari, dated to the 17th century, at Christie’s New York in Indian and Southeast Asian Art, on 13 September 2011, lot 356, sold for USD 20,000.
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