Heruka Vajrakilaya Consort Yab Yum Union Tibeto Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha Statue 12"H 勝樂金剛
Regular price $700.00
Vintage Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddha Statue
A fine bronze Buddha portraying the compassionate Vajrasattva transformed into the three-headed wrathful Vajrakilaya, who has six arms, four legs, and two wide outstretched wings. Vajrakilaya is the tutelary, meditation yidam deity. He is believed to be the most powerful destroyer of delusion and remover of obstacles in the practice of Dharma.
Heruka Vajrakilaya Yab Yum
Embracing Consort Diptachakra
Origin: China. Circa: early to mid 1900s'
H. 12 in. (30cm), W. 9 in. (23cm), D. 4.5 in. (11cm)
Tiny chip to flame tip, minor abrasions, overall good Condition
The Sanskrit name Heruka translated into both Chinese and Tibetan as "blood drinker Golden Guardian". Wearing a skull crown, he has large bulging eyes and wide opened mouths that are baring fangs and lolling tongues, with red hair stands on end resembling scorpion-sting tip, and held in the center in his folded hands is the exorcist's iconographic downward-pointing three-sided phurba, as his arms embrace the consort Dipta Chakra, who held a skull bowl and a chopper in her hands. Behind the pair a Garuda hoovering atop a large flaming mandorla, together they stand on the backs of two small figures above an oval-shaped lotus base.
In the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo Thodol), Padmasambhava is quoted to had said: "The crucial point is for those who have meditated on these Herukakaya and also made offerings and praise to them, or at the very least, have simply seen their painted and sculpted images, so they may recognize the forms that arise in the Bardo and attain liberation."