India, Trailokyavijaya

7th century, India, Trailokyavijaya, bronze, at the Ohio State University, published in the Huntington Archives.

7th century, India, Trailokyavijaya, bronze, at the Ohio State University, published in the Huntington Archives.

This rare sculpture depicts Trailokyavijaya with 4 heads and 8 hands. Each face has 3 eyes and displays a different feeling (amorous fury, disgust, anger, grace). His thick wavy hair is gathered in a conical chignon topped with a finial, an effigy of a buddha at the front. He wears jewellery, a garland of buddhas and a tiger skin loin cloth. His main hands are crossed over his heart to display the vajra humkara mudra. The others hands, most of them broken, would have held a sword, a thunderbolt, a bow, an arrow, a bell, and possibly a noose and/or a disc. He treads on Shiva and Parvati on a lotus over a pedestal covered with a cloth and decorated wit four elephants.

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