|Early 19th century Mongolia|
A magnificent carved bone (most likely human) figure of Shri Shmashana Adhipati, the Glorious Lords of the Charnel Grounds, Mother and Father.
The two skeletal figures are portrayed in an intertwined eternal dance upon a lotus pedestal, their faces each with three penetrating eyes, mouths open in wide smiles, fangs bared. Both figures wear simple skirts around their waists, rippling with the movement of their dance, long, flowing scarves around their shoulders, and a crown of skulls upon their heads topped by a vajra.
The Father holds a bone danda above his head in one hand, a flaming kapala at heart level in the other. He stands upon a conch shell. The Mother holds a sheaf of wheat above her head in one hand, and a flask of amrita at heart level in the other. She stands upon a cowrie shell.
This particular figure would have originally been one of a set of four, and situated as part of a three dimensional mandala surrounding a central figure of either Charkrasamvara or his consort, Vajrayogini.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Medium/Materials: Carved bone, pigments, wood|
|Dimensions: H: 13.75” W: 8.75” D: 3.75” (H: 35cm W: 22.5cm D: 9.5cm)|
|Primary Classification: Asian Art : Other|
|The Chitipati are regarded as wisdom deities, and associated with wealth practices, hence the conch and cowrie shells, which were used as currency. They are considered emanations of Chakrasamvara, and associated with the Chakrasamvara Tantra, as well as being special protectors of the Vajrayogini practice.|
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