About this object

Small Sino-Tibetan gilt bronze statue of Hayagriva, or Tamdrin Marpo. He is a powerful protector of the Buddha of Limitless Light - Amitabha. He is the guardian of the pure land Dewachen. He uses his weapons to protect against any possible problems and helps others overcome theirs.
He stands lunging to the right on a single lotus throne, and treads on snakes with both feet. He has three heads with protective expressions, each with three eyes, the third one being the wisdom eye. His middle face is red - pigment still showing on beard - his mouth is wide open and snarling and his flame-like hair rises around a crown of skulls, topped by three horse heads. He has six arms, the raised right hand holds a five-pronged dorje, while the left one is also raised in the digdzub mudra (gesture of power). His forearms are missing their attributes which would be a lasso made of entrails, a trident, a spear and a sword. He wears the ornaments of powerful protection an elephant skin, which can be seen at the back, a tiger skin loin cloth and jewellery made of bone and skulls.

The base is sealed and seems to have contents, it is incised with a double dorje. Sticker with faded numbers placed over this.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Metal Gilt; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma)
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    95 mm x 80 mm x 45 mm; 3 3/4 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The collector number identifies this statue as a part of the ex collection of Father Ward, however a label on object states it is from the ex Holland collection.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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