Bronze Tantric Buddha Vajradhara Shakti EROTIC

Pair of bronze sculptures representing enlightenment and liberation through the union of male and female. The larger figure is Vajradhara, Thunder Bearer, in a tantric aspect; he holds his consort, Shakti, in an erotic embrace.

Vajradhara represents the original, primordial Buddha, the infinite, self-creating power without beginning or end. Shakti represents wisdom. Seen together like this they represent the union of the male and female aspects of life (compassion joined with wisdom) which leads to enlightenment.

Vajradhara is seated in a regal pose wearing an ornate diadem with earpieces, necklace and armbands, belt and long lei. In his right hand he holds a thunderbolt Vajra) in representing the male aspect of skillful means and method. He rests on his left hand which has a mandala imprinted on the (hidden) palm. This hand often carries Ghanta the bell of (feminine) supreme wisdom.

Shakti, also adorned in royal regalia. She holds a ritual curved knife Kartika in her right hand symbolic of the severance from ignorance, wordly thoughts and material possessions. In her left hand, she holds a Kapala, a skull cup used in tantric rituals for offering sacrificial meat or blood to protective deities.

He measures (inches) 7 x 5-1/2 x 9-1/2. She measures (inches) is 7 foot-to-foot, 5-3/4 tall. They fit together perfectly. There is a name for their pose, but we don’t know it. Both pieces are bronze with brass or gilt appliqué. They have lovely original patina and no damage that we can see.

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Item Details

Reference #:
Fraternal, Political, Organizations
Antiques (approx100yrs)
(Width x Height X Depth)
7.00 x 9.50 x
Very Good