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Small bronze statue of Mandarava, the consort of Padma Sambhava. She sits in the pose of royal ease on a double lotus pedestal. She was born a princess in 8th century India, but renounced her life to follow the Buddhist teachings or Dharma and became a great teacher in her own right. She wears the crown and ornaments of the Bodhisattva, wears flowing robes and has the third eye of wisdom. In her left hand she holds a skull cup, while her right hand is in the teaching mudra. There are two lugs at the back of the statue that suggests this figure was part of a larger composition. The base is sealed and contents appear to be in place. There are the remnants of a wax seal covering the edge of the base.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 8 January 1913
  • Measurements
    80 mm x 56 mm x 46 mm; 3 1/8 in x 2 3/16 in x 1 13/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 29:
    Per Barmiak Lama 8th January 1913. A small image 31/2 inches high including pedestal, of brass. This is Men-Dha-Ra-wa, one of the two wives of Padma Sambhava. See No. 7 page 4. The left hand holds a skull, in which she is offering wine to Padma Sambhava. She wears a headdress of precious stones, (rimpo-che) known as Ri-nga. The mild (shi-wa) gods and goddesses wear this headdress; the fierce (trak-po) gods and goddesses wear the headdress of "Dry Skulls" see No. 2 page 1.
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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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