Tribal Bod Mod
Tantric Bronze Depicting Mother - Father Union
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Vintage from before 2000
A cast bronze depiction of the god Shamvara and his consort Vajravarahi. In this work the sacred couple is in the 'yab yum,' or Mother - Father union position. Their embrace symbolizes the melding of wisdom and method which leads to ultimate bliss. Chakrasamvara's hair is arranged in the coif of a yogi. He has three faces and six arms and is draped in a long necklace composed of human skulls. His first two arms are wrapped in passionate embrace around his consort, Vajravarahi. The first two hands, holding the Kartika (vajra chopper) that cuts off the six defects, pride and the rest, and a kapala, or skull bowl which demonstrates that he has gone beyond discriminating between existence and nonexistence. His second left hand holds a bell that symbolizes the female principle, or wisdom, and the second right hand grips a vajra that represents firmness of spirit and spiritual power. The upper hands hold the Dhanusa (bow) and the Bana (arrow of awareness), which once again symbolize the dynamic combination of the female and male principles: wisdom and method. Vajravarahi is rendered with an ornate jeweled girdle. In her left hand she holds a skull bowl of blood which demonstrates that she transforms all that is gross and fearful into the Elixer of Immortality. Her right hand wields the vajra chopper that symbolises the cutting of conventional wisdom by the ultimate insight into emptiness. Shamvara and Vajravarahi are united on a Padmasana, lotus flower throne, which symbolizes their purity of descent and self-creation. Behind them rises an encircling aura - mandorla of flaming energy. This is a dynamic, powerful piece of tantric art, loaded with a multitude of meaning and symbols. Measures about 9 inches to the top of the mandorla. From Nepal, Circa 1960.