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Later Tibetan Gallery



Section of a Mandorla
Tibet. 16th-17th Century.

This extremely detailed section of an aureole (mandorla) shows the animals which serve as the bottom "supports" for the traditional Indian royal throne. They are from the bottom up;
*elephant *lion *leogryph (Sanskrit: vyala)

Dancing on the leogryph's back is an exuberant figure, possibly a version of an Atlas figure with his arms held upwards as a support.

Of interest is the very bottom of he two support pillars which emanate from a "nectar-swirl" motif, in Tibetan the Dudtsi Kyil. This is shown as a swirl sitting atop a lotus and reoccurs periodically along the pillar.

More commonly the pillars emerge from a vase which contains the water of endless life.

Height 14cm


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