Global Art & Artifacts

Older Bronze Bhurkumkuta Statue, Tibet

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Detail:  Perhaps I have misidentified this deity due to the number of arms (10 arms vs. 6 arms of Bhurkumkuta).  Even so, this is a very unique statue showing weapons in each hand, 3 faces and the decorated “scarf” that wraps around his torso.  Such textile flourish can be found in the 15th Century statues of  Bhurkumkuta.  But it is the facial expression and the fact that his feet are holding down two characters makes me think that this is either another wrathful form of Vajrapani.

In any case, this is certainly a one-of-a-kind heavy bronze with a strong Buddhist lineage.  I would guess that it is from the early- to mid-1900’s.  I acquired it from an Antique Asian Art Dealer in Long Island, New York about 10 years ago.

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