Good condition, see description
|Periodo:||Inizio XX secolo|
|Titolo dell'opera:||Jewelled Tantric Vajrayoginī Bodhisattva - Gilt Bronze, Turquoise, Ruby, Emerald and Garnet|
|Condizioni:||In buone condizioni, vedi descrizione|
This is a beautiful, antique, Tantric 'Red' Vajrayoginī ( or the similar Vajravārāhī) Gilt and Red laquer remnants Bronze,
with Turquoise, Emerald, Garnet, and Ruby settings, originally from Nepal or India.
Its original fully gilded conditions can be seen from looking inside at the base.
Vajrayoginī is visualized as the translucent, deep red form of a 16-year-old female with the third eye of wisdom set vertically on her forehead and unbound flowing hair. Vajrayoginī is generally depicted with the traditional accoutrements of a ḍākiṇī, including a Driguk (a vajra-handled flaying knife,) in her right hand and a Kapala filled with blood in her left hand that she drinks from with upturned mouth. Her consort Cakrasaṃvara is often symbolically depicted as a Khaṭvāṅga ( trident staff) on Vajrayoginī's left shoulder, when she is in "solitary hero" form. Vajrayoginī's khaṭvāṅga is marked with a vajraand from it hangs a damaru drum, a bell, and a triple banner. Her bent left leg treads on the body of a corpse, or 'black' Bhairava, a Diety associated with cremation grounds (smasana), ghouls and ghosts (vetala, pisaca).
Her head is symbolically adorned with a crown of human skulls and she wears a necklace of human skulls. She is depicted as standing in the center of a blazing fire of exalted wisdom. Her countenance shows both erotic and fierce features.
Each aspect of Vajrayoginī's form and mandala is designed to convey a spiritual meaning. For example, her brilliant red-colored body symbolizes the blazing of her tummo (candali) or "inner fire" of spiritual transformation as well as life force (Shakti), blood of birth and menstrual blood. Her single face symbolizes that she has realized that all phenomena are of one nature in emptiness. Her two arms symbolize her realization of the two truths. Her three eyes symbolize her ability to see everything in the past, present and future. She looks upward toward the Pure Dākiṇī Land, demonstrating her attainment of outer and inner Pure Dākiṇī Land, and indicating that she leads her followers to these attainments. The curved driguk knife in her right hand shows her power to cut the continuum of the delusions and obstacles of her followers and of all living beings. Drinking the blood from the kapala in her left hand symbolizes her experience of the clear light of bliss.
This naively modelled rendition is a wonderful, genuine antique, for the collector, gift, altar, or an impressive interior design statement.
I've reset the 17 empty jewellery settings with high quality, vintage, undyed Persian Turquoise ( 2-3mm Cabochons) and a small unheat treated Ruby, Emerald and Garnet. ( Ruby and Emerald are Graded by the international grading system as 'AAA'. A being the highest)
Turquoise x 14
Ruby x 1
Emerald x 1
CONDITION: Good. Patina, wear, erosion, oxidisation, dents, scratches, loss of gilt, loss laquer, small casting faults and irregularities consistent with type and age of manufacture. Condition all usual for age and wear.
AGE:.Early 20th/late 19th Century, or maybe earlier than this.
ORIGIN: Nepal or India.
PROVENANCE: From the UK Antiques Dealer. From an old English collection.
6.25 x 4 inches approximately
16 x 10 cms approximately
Carefully packaged and shipped tracked and signed.
I originally trained as a Sculptor then Photographer in the 1980s. In the 90s I had a successful career as a young jewellery Designer In London. I produced collections for Boules, Miss Selfridge, and the Designer outlet Jess James in Soho. With an active interest in Buddhism and Taoism since my teens, I've been collecting Buddhist and Oriental Art since 2003. I source these pieces directly from Dealers in the UK, USA, Europe, and Japan. I've been personally on buying trips to the Far East. I restore lost gems to those bronzes with empty settings, and restore wooden Japanese Antiques where pieces are lost or broken. Many of pieces end up in private collections, altars, and even Buddhist Retreats and Temples. I consider both my restorations, and my collecting, as a meditation within the Karma Yoga tradition.
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