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Gilt bronze mandala


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Height: 9.500 inches

Gift of Miss Humphreys in memory of Edward Humphreys

Asia OA 1939.1-18.1

Room 33: Asia


    Gilt bronze mandala

    From China
    Qing dynasty, 17th-18th century AD

    This exquisite bronze mandala is an example of the Sino-Tibetan style. It was made in China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), but represents elements of Tibetan Lamaist Buddhism. It is cast as a pomegranate, somewhat similar to Indian examples, which were cast as lotuses.

    The iconography and decoration are complex. At the centre of the mandala is a deity, Yi-dam, of Buddha rank. He is locked in embrace with his prajna, or wisdom partner. Twenty lesser deities surround them, two or three on each petal, before circular drums or altars. The petals are incised with deities and a variety of emblems, including a horse, elephant, wheel, censer, ewer, staff, parasols, ribbon, canopies and jewels.


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