Tibet / Important ceremonial knife handle in finely chiseled bronze / 18th century

18th century
Asian Arts
From: 38090, Villefontaine, France

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    Old ceremonial cleaver handle (trigug in Tibetan) in finely chiseled bronze. The whole is engraved on both sides, the hilt presenting a terrifying-looking kala: eyes wide open staring straight ahead and surmounted by bushy eyebrows, nostrils dilated in a wide muzzle, open mouth and fangs apparent between his two hands. . It evolves in a register of clouds, the solar and lunar symbols placed above it. The handle has a decoration of trilobed foliage surmounted by a hemisphere decorated with lotus petals and a border of gadroons, the upper part ending in a half vajra. The reverse is similar, the guard being differentiated by a tangle of clouds.

    The trigug in Vajrayana Buddhism is a ceremonial cleaver used in tantric ceremonies. It is used to skin bodies and is also the attribute of wrathful Dakinis, symbolizing the tearing to pieces of all negative and materialistic actions with the help of the Blade of Wisdom.

    Piece presented on a custom bronze plinth.

    Without base: 18 x 8 cm
    Condition: Old traces of gilding
    Provenance: From a set from a private collection

    Ref: DZE191VGE2

    Style Asian Arts (Asian Tribal Art of Asian Arts Style)
    Century 18th century (Asian Tribal Art 18th century)
    Materials Gilt bronze
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 1 Business Day
    Location 38090, Villefontaine, France

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