Large bronze Buddhist statue. vajrakilaya, Phurba (tib.) wrathful form of Buddha Vajrasattva Veritable Tibetan temple statue.
Rare and exceptional piece of 45.5cm high by 33cm wide and 15cm deep
Weight of about 12kg
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Traditionally, a lid is located behind the room at the level of the back (2nd and 8th photo) in order to place offerings, prayers, mantra, during the so-called "opening of the eyes" ceremony making the statuette invested with the power of the deity represented.
This statue was made by Tibetan bronziers, specialized in the making of statues and ritual objects for Buddhist vajrayana temples.
The bronze used is called purple bronze. It is a high-quality bronze, holding its characteristic color to a high copper content.
Vajrakilaya or Vajrakila (tib. Do-rje Phur-ba) "the adamantine dagger", also called Vajrakumara (tib. Dor-je gzhon-nu) "the young diamond".
He is the extremely wrathful form of Vajrasattva Buddha, the semi-wrathful form being Vajra Vidharana (Tib. Dorje Namjom) and the wrathful form Vajrapani.
Vajrasattva is a Buddha of the Vajrayāna current. Purifier of karma, it concentrates the energies and wisdom of the five dhyani Buddhas of which it is sometimes described as the essence. Vajrasattva's practice is centered on confession and purification.
One of the main deities of the ancient tantras, wrathful heruka, Vajrakilaya is the yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all Buddhas and whose practice is famous for being the most powerful to remove obstacles, destroying forces hostile to compassion, purifying spiritual pollution and promptly attaining ordinary and supreme achievements.
He is the deity of the magical dagger phurba, symbol of the sharp tip of immobile wisdom on the power of goodness. This archetype has a very specific yogic use and is not simply considered an external deity to worship or manipulate in ritual activities.
Vajrakilaya is shown in formidable union, or Yab Yum with his paredre consort Diptachakra, together they represent the union of wisdom and method, which is active compassion. Its crown with 5 skulls represents the 5 addictions (or Kesla) transformed into 5 wisdoms.
Vajrakilaya is one of the eight Kagye deities, the eight great teachings of Sadhana, sets of mahayoga teachings or transmissions entrusted to Padmasambhava and the eight vidyadharas of India.
The shape of this statue, the most usual, is taken from the "root tantra of the Adamantine wrath" (rTsa- rgyud- rdo- rje khros- pas). Heruka with three heads, six arms and 4 legs, brandishing vajra (tib. dorje), lightning spraying the ignorance of his right hands. A mass of flame and more occasionally a trident of his left hands.
From his 4 legs, he tramples the male and female mahadeva (aversion and desire).
It spreads two huge Adamantine wings with sharp edges, and bears the macabre ornaments of mass graves.
Diptachakra (tib; Khorlo Gehedepma) offers him with his right hand a kapala (skull cup) filled with blood and from the left a kartika, or kartrika, a small ritual skinning knife in the shape of a crescent used in the. Tantric ceremonies of Vajrayana Buddhism. Kartari is said to be "one of the attributes par excellence of wrathful tantric deities". It is commonly referred to as the "knife of the dakinis". Its shape is similar to that of the Inuitsulu or women's knife, which is used for many things, including skin cleansing.
While the kartari is normally held in the right hand of a dakini in the iconography and spiritual practice of vajrayana, it can sometimes be seen held by esoteric male deities, such as some forms of Yamantaka. It is also frequently found in the iconography of Chöd's Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice.
In the same way that the bell and the vajra are usually paired ritual elements in the spiritual practice and iconography of the vajrayana (one is held in the right hand and the other simultaneously held in the left), the kartika usually appears as a pair with the kapala or "skull-Cup".
The shape of the kartika, or trigug, with its crescent shape and hook at the end, is derived from the shape of a traditional form of the Indian butcher's knife.
Enthroned on a lotus and a cushion of sunshine, Vajrakilaya sits in the middle of a devouring brazier similar to that of a kalpa.
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