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Nepalese Bronze Buddhist Protector Yama Dharmaraja Kalarupa
AGE: – 18th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – bronze with natural aged patina never cleaned.
HEIGHT: – 11.5cm
DEPTH: – 5cm
The Nepalese Bronze Buddhist Protector Yama Dharmaraja Kalarupa is a deity worshiped by both Tibetan and Nepalese Mahayana Buddhists. Also referred to as Kalarupa, he is the protector of the Vajra Vairab cycle of tantra referred to as the Dharma, and protector of the higher training of wisdom and is one of three main Buddhist deity protectors.
In M. A. Lichtenberg-Van Mierlo’s paper on Tantric Buddhist Art of Nepal related to ‘Tamang’ bronze statues made by the Sakya craftspeople of Patan, he states that the majority of older Tamang statues were ungilded.
This deity is usually shown with the head of a buffalo with horns, appearing angry and wrathful. A trident is held in the outstretched right hand, a necklace adorned with skulls hangs from his neck, and he stands on top of a buffalo in which a human form lies prostrate on her back, supported by a lotus pedestal.
The other deity Mahakala is the protector of concentration and discipline, the third deity Namthose, is the protector of morality, he helps those to adhere to the Dharma. These three deities were the special protectors of Lama Tsongkhapa who lived between 1357 AD and 1419 AD.
Although this deity shows himself in an angry, ugly, wrathful stance his message is to show how we may appear to others when we are angry, jealous, hateful, and full of negativity. Kalarupa is an emanation of Manjushri, the destroyer of ignorance, helping in the growth of wisdom, and overcoming suffering, it is one of the most important deities in Mahayana Buddhism.
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Nepalese Buddhist Protector Yama Dharmaraja Kalarupa