Esoteric Buddhist statue, tantric Yidam Yamantaka in its yamari form accompanied by its Paredre Vetali.
The bronze used is called purple bronze. It is a high quality bronze, holding its characteristic color to a high copper content.
Tibetan statuette made by specialized Tibetan craftsmen.
Dimensions: 24.5cm high, 18cm wide and 8cm deep.
The background unscrews to put offerings and prayers inside during the blessing like all traditional Buddhist statuettes.
Yamunntaka is the "destroying deity of death" of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is sometimes conceptualized as "conqueror of the lord of death."
Yamunntaka is a Sanskrit name that can be broken down into two main elements: Yama, the god of death; and destructive antaka. Thus, Yamunntaka means "destroyer of death" or "conqueror of death."
Kalanta's cultural heritage, an aspect of the Hindu god Shiva that saves his disciple from the clutches of Death Yama and is seen as the deity that was the origin of the Mahamunjaya Mantra of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Its representation reflects Yama in many ways: riding a buffalo very frequently and often depicted with a bovine head.
Because of this resemblance to Yama and the similarity of name, texts (which would appear to be reliable sources) are very frequently found confounding both Yamuntaka and Yama as the same deity when they are not.
In Buddhism, "ending death" is a quality of all Buddhas as they stopped the cycle of rebirth, the samsara . Thus Yamunntaka represents the purpose of the Mahayana practitioner's journey to enlightenment, or the journey itself: at the final awakening, one manifests Yamunntaka - the end of death.
Yamunntaka is an angry expression of Ma'jjuar , the Samyaksambuddha of wisdom that, in other contexts, also functions as a dharmapala or a Herouka .
The statuette depicts Yamunntaka in its form called Red Yamari.
Featured as well in old and recent tantras. He appears very angry, adorned with the full macabre attributes, he stands with his legs split on a buffalo above a lotus with sun disk.
With the dextre, he brandishes a skull stick.
He is accompanied by Vetali, holding a trident and a blood-filled skull.
Both are surrounded by flames.
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