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Hayagriva (with base)

Creation date: late 15th century-early 16th century
Creation place: Tibet

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Type: Bronze Sculpture
Medium and Support: Bronze
Credit Line: Bequest of Elsie S. Kimberly
Accession Number: 1966.114.a-b
Dimensions: 4 3/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 2 in. (11.11 cm x 9.21 cm x 5.08 cm)


Elsie Stewart Kimberly, Coronado, California ( - 1966)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1966 - )

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September 2005
Devotional Arts of Nepal
This energetic two-armed form of Hayagriva exhibits stylistic affinities with Chinese sculptures of the Ming Dynasty. The Chinese Yong-le emperor, who took an active interest in Tibetan Buddhism, sent gifts of Chinese bronzes to Tibet in the fifteenth century.
Tibetan bronze icons are hollow, and at their time of consecration, precious substances are blessed and inserted into the sculpture. The hollow base of this sculpture was filled with a packet of sandalwood.
Last Updated: 9/19/2005

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