Tibet, animal-headed figures

15th century circa, Tibet, boar-headed deity on a bull, copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA)

15th century circa, Tibet, boar-headed deity on a bull, copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA)

This deity appears is holding a skull cup in one of its main hands while doing the vitarka mudra with the other, there was probably a flaying knife in the top left hand and another attribute on the other side.

15th-16th century, Tibet, elephant-headed attendant on bull, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, elephant-headed attendant on bull, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This one brandishes a flaying knife with one hand and may hold a skull cup in the other.

16th-17th century, Tibet, attendant, brass, same as before.

16th-17th century, Tibet, attendant, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

This bull-headed attendant with flaming hair and a half-vajra finial holds a vajra and a skull cup. There is a human skin over his back and an animal skin around his hips.

17th century, Tibet, Ganapati, metal with cold gold, pigments, coral, ruby and turquoise inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

17th century, Tibet, Ganapati, copper alloy, gold, coral, ruby and turquoise inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Adorned with stone and coral-inlaid gilt jewellery, his face painted with cold gold and pigments, Ganapati holds various attributes in his twelve hands.

17th c., Tibet, Ganapati, c.a.+gold+coral,ruby,turq. inlay, mounts a mouse with jewel in mouth

He stands on his mount (a mouse with a jewel in its mouth), over a gilt double-lotus base.

17th c., Tibet, Ganapati, c.a.+gold+coral,ruby,turq. inlay, close up

His main hands hold a vajra and a skull cup filled with jewels, both painted with cold gold. His dhoti is inlaid with gold.

 

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