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A Fine Tibetan Gilt Bronze Repousse of a Buddhist Deity Riding a Lion Tibet 18th Century

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Collection No. TB-4116
Size Height 20cm x 12.5cm without stand
Bronze Repousse of a Buddhist Deity Riding a Lion Tibet
The Art of Compassion The Todd Barlin Collection
The Art of Compassion The Todd Barlin Collection
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A Fine Tibetan Gilt Bronze Repousse of the Buddhist Deity Vaishravana the Guardian King of the Northern Direction Tibet 18th Century

This fine gilt-bronze repousse depicts a Buddhist Saint Vaishravana the Guardian King of the Northern Direction, here he is depicted holding a Mongoose in his left arm & the right hand holding an unknown ceremonial object, a gift to the Buddhas

Vaishravana, leader of the Yaksha race, is a worldly guardian worshipped as both a protector and benefactor. He, with his wife – a naga princess, lives on the north side of the lower slopes of Mount Meru in the Heaven of the Four Great Kings in a sumptuous palace bathed in green emerald light. As the leader of the Four Direction Guardians, he at the head of the others, swore an oath of protection before the Buddha Shakyamuni. The stories and iconography of the Four Guardians arise primarily from the Mahayana Sutras and are common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Lord Atisha popularized the meditation practice of Vaishravana in the 11th century.

Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. Chasing or embossing is a similar technique in which the piece is hammered on the front side, sinking the metal. The two techniques are often used in conjunction.

Many metals can be used for chasing and repoussé work, including gold, silver, copper, and alloys such as steel, bronze, and pewter.

These techniques are very ancient and have been extensively used all over the world, as they require only the simplest tools and materials, and yet allow great diversity of expression. They are also relatively economical since there is no loss or waste of metal, which mostly retains its original size and thickness.

Provenance: Suzy Lebasi Collection & The Todd Barlin Collection of Asian Buddhist Art

Published and Exhibited “The Art of Compassion ” 2018 by David Templeman Page 69

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