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Large 20th Century Nepalese Gilt Bronze Figure of Yama and Yami



A large and impressive Nepalese tantric gilt bronze figure of the dikpala Yama and his sister, Yami, early to mid-20th century (1920s-1940s). Well cast and richly gilt, the buffalo headed dikpala (directional guardian) of the South stands upon the back of a bull trampling a prostate figure. Yama is portrayed here in his four armed form. His primary arms hold a flaming kapala (skull cup) and kartika (ritual flaying knife). His secondary arms holding a danda (skull staff) and lasso. He wears a tiger skin tied around his waist and a cobra draped around his neck. He is adorned with jewelry studded with coral and turquoise, a crown of skulls upon his head. Yama's twin sister, Yami, also stands upon the bull's back, facing her brother. She holds a kapala (skull cup) in one hand, a kartika (ritual flaying knife) in the other. Her naked body is festooned with jewels studded with turquoise,. A diadem of skulls graces her head. The statue is comprised of five separately cast parts: the lotus base, the prostrate figure, the bull, Yami and Yama. The base sealed. Provenance: Private Texas collection before 1960.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Style
    Tibetan (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1920s-1940s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. A few of the turquoise stones missing on both figures.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU89478325143

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    Ships From: Austin, TX
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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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