Animals (1)

16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy

16th century, Tibet, altar ornament, gilt copper alloy, private collection

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Naropa, gilt copper alloy, private collection

15th-16th century, Tibet, Mahasiddha Naropa sitting on a deer skin, gilt copper alloy, private collection

DEER

Among altar ornaments or architectural adornments, a male and female deer represent harmony and happiness. Meditation practitioners are often represented sitting on the skin of a deer or an antelope, which indicates a peaceful activity.

18th century, Tibet, white elephant, gilt copper alloy and paint, private collection

18th century, Tibet, white elephant, gilt copper alloy and paint, private collection

Akshobhya's elephant throne, Swat Valley

Akshobhya’s elephant throne, Swat Valley

ELEPHANT

In buddhist art, the elephant symbolises the historical buddha, whose mother is said to have dreamed that a white elephant entered her womb at the moment of conception. The elephant is the mount of buddha Akshobhya, sometimes depicted on an elephant throne.

7th century, Gilgit, Patola Shahi Kingdom, lion throne base

7th century, Gilgit, Patola Shahi Kingdom, lion throne base

14th century, Tibet, lokapala (guardian deity) Vaishravana, gilt copper alloy inlad with stones, private collection

14th century, Tibet, lokapala (guardian deity) Vaishravana, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, private collection

17th century, Tibet, snow lion, fire-gilt copper repoussé and pigment, private collection

17th century, Tibet, snow lion, fire-gilt copper repoussé and pigment, private collection

LION

The lion is a symbol of the historical buddha, who is often represented sitting on a lion throne, like other buddhas and bodhisattvas, while the bodhisattva of wisdom Manjushri and the guardian deity Vaishravana sometimes ride a lion.

The white snow lion with a turquoise mane is the national animal emblem of Tibet.

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2 thoughts on “Animals (1)

    • I am glad you enjoyed it, I have been making an effort to find the time to write more things with each post (without it being too technical, which is boring). Animals have inspired artists across the planet from the stone age and it is interesting to see how some animals are a recurrent theme, no matter what the culture/religion/era may be, because they embody basic qualities.

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