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LARGE 17/18 C FRAMED VAJRABHAIRAVA THANGKA
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LARGE 17/18 C. TIBETAN THANGKA, FRAMED, PAINT ON FABRIC. Vajrabhairava (Tibetan: dor je jig je. English: Vajra Terror) embracing the consort Vajra Vetali surrounded by four protector deities. All sets within royal blue matted border and wooden frame, behind glass.
Vajrabhairava, with a large buffalo head, terrifying and wrathful, is dark blue in colour, with 9 faces, 34 hands and 16 legs. The upper face is red and a slightly angry yellow face of Manjushri placed on top. The horn tips are flaming. The three right faces are yellow, dark blue and red and the three left are black, white and smoky. Each face has three eyes and various frightful expressions; dark yellow hair flows upward like flames. The first pair of hands hold a curved knife and skullcup embracing the consort. The remaining hands hold a variety of objects with the 2nd set holding in addition the fresh outstretched hide of an elephant at the top. Adorned with bone ornaments and a necklace of fifty heads he embraces the consort Vajra Vetali who has one face and two hands holding a skullcup in the left. The right legs of Bhairava are bent pressing down on various animals and gods. The left legs are extended straight and press upon various birds and gods; standing above an orange sun disc and multi-coloured lotus completely surrounded by the orange and red flames of pristine awareness. In front of the lotus seat is a skullcup filled with various offerings.
At the bottom left is the sponsor, a Tibetan Lord and family.
As a tutelary deity (Tib.: yi dam. Skt.: ishtadevata) Vajrabhairava, also known as Yamantaka (Tib.: shin je thar che), belongs to the Yamari class of tantras and specifically arises from the Bhairava Root Tantra (Tib.: Jig je tsa gyu) and belongs to the method (father) classification of Anuttaryoga Tantra. The practice of Bhairava is common to the three Sarma Schools: Sakya, Kagyu and Gelugpa. There are numerous forms and styles of practice from the very complex with numerous deities to the very concise with a single Heruka form. The main lineages to enter Tibet were those of Jowo Atisha, Rwa Lotsawa, Mal Lotsawa and the like.


Dimension: 46" H x 33" W

PROVENANCE:
Private collection of W. E. Bradley of Reading, England; by inheritance, records bought from Dickins & Jones, Ltd. Regent ST & Argyl ST, London in February 1929. Bradley's family collections can be found from Lot-120- through Lot-125, and Lot-116.
Condition
Over all in EXCELLENT condition.


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LARGE 17/18 C FRAMED VAJRABHAIRAVA THANGKA

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Est. $1,200 - $1,800Starting Price $600
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Description
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LARGE 17/18 C. TIBETAN THANGKA, FRAMED, PAINT ON FABRIC. Vajrabhairava (Tibetan: dor je jig je. English: Vajra Terror) embracing the consort Vajra Vetali surrounded by four protector deities. All sets within royal blue matted border and wooden frame, behind glass.
Vajrabhairava, with a large buffalo head, terrifying and wrathful, is dark blue in colour, with 9 faces, 34 hands and 16 legs. The upper face is red and a slightly angry yellow face of Manjushri placed on top. The horn tips are flaming. The three right faces are yellow, dark blue and red and the three left are black, white and smoky. Each face has three eyes and various frightful expressions; dark yellow hair flows upward like flames. The first pair of hands hold a curved knife and skullcup embracing the consort. The remaining hands hold a variety of objects with the 2nd set holding in addition the fresh outstretched hide of an elephant at the top. Adorned with bone ornaments and a necklace of fifty heads he embraces the consort Vajra Vetali who has one face and two hands holding a skullcup in the left. The right legs of Bhairava are bent pressing down on various animals and gods. The left legs are extended straight and press upon various birds and gods; standing above an orange sun disc and multi-coloured lotus completely surrounded by the orange and red flames of pristine awareness. In front of the lotus seat is a skullcup filled with various offerings.
At the bottom left is the sponsor, a Tibetan Lord and family.
As a tutelary deity (Tib.: yi dam. Skt.: ishtadevata) Vajrabhairava, also known as Yamantaka (Tib.: shin je thar che), belongs to the Yamari class of tantras and specifically arises from the Bhairava Root Tantra (Tib.: Jig je tsa gyu) and belongs to the method (father) classification of Anuttaryoga Tantra. The practice of Bhairava is common to the three Sarma Schools: Sakya, Kagyu and Gelugpa. There are numerous forms and styles of practice from the very complex with numerous deities to the very concise with a single Heruka form. The main lineages to enter Tibet were those of Jowo Atisha, Rwa Lotsawa, Mal Lotsawa and the like.


Dimension: 46" H x 33" W

PROVENANCE:
Private collection of W. E. Bradley of Reading, England; by inheritance, records bought from Dickins & Jones, Ltd. Regent ST & Argyl ST, London in February 1929. Bradley's family collections can be found from Lot-120- through Lot-125, and Lot-116.
Condition
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Over all in EXCELLENT condition.<br/><br><br>EDEN Fine Antiques Galleries provides condition reports as a courtesy to our clients and assumes no liability for any error or omission. Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, and is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, mater. <br><br>The bidder assumes responsibility for ensuring that the condition of the item(s) meets with their satisfaction prior to bidding. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

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