Superb Gilt Bronze Repousse Buddhist Aureole Tibet 14th- 15th Century
|Size||Height 25cm x 19cm without the stand|
This superb gilt-bronze repousse Aureole from Tibet dating from the 14th – 15th century.
David Templeman writes;
” This aureole, which is missing its focal image, still retains much of its magnificence. The image might have been a standing Padmapani, flanked by his two bodhisattva attendants. The top depicts Garuda (mythological bird), the enemy of serpents and a general protector and bringer of auspiciousness. In mythology, Garuda took hold of the subterranean serpents, who were churning the milk oceans and stole the ambrosia that resulted from their activities. In later Buddhist myth, the ambrosia was replaced by the ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ texts, which Garuda rescued and passed on to the Buddhist deities. He is seen holding a snake in his claws and is attended by two Apsara nymphs below him. Also below, in the corners of the horizontal bars, are two Makaras (water spirits), who are also auspicious. On each side of them horizontally are two vases containing long-life nectar. Below them may be seen two attendants to the main figure (missing), as well as two standing half-human, half-lion leogryphs and two elephants. The main shrine area is painted in red cinnabar.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Buddhist Art
Published and Exhibited: “The Art of Compassion ” 2018 by David Templeman Published page 16
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