Thursday, 26 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Above: Dorje Palmo or Vajravarahi with a garland of skulls.
Copper with faint traces of gilt. 12th Century. 5.9 cm x 3.9cm
The Dorje Palmo shown above is one of my favourite pieces currently housed in The Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford, England. They have a wonderful collection and it is well worth paying them a visit. Dorje Palmo (also Phagmo) or Vajravarahi is seen in her typical dancing posture and wears a garland of human skulls. The head of a female pig can clearly be seen protruding from her own head. This symbolises the complete dispelling of ignorance.
Monday, 5 July 2010
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Monday, 7 June 2010
A very small copper statue of an unknown Tibetan guru. One hand is in the earth touching mudra and the other appears to be holding a dharma text. Faint traces of gilt remain. This rupa may have been placed inside a gau (portable shrine) or possibly housed inside another statue or stupa. The underside is hollow to allow for the placement of sacred substances and mantras. 27.63 mm x 18.75 mm
Monday, 31 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
"Namchak Ter Phurba discovered by Nyang Ral Nyima Ozer, which belonged to Lama Gonpo Tseten Rinpoche, given to him as an offering by HH the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet." A Ter or Terma is a treasure believed to be hidden by Padmasambhava. Namchak literally means 'Sky Metal' and so this Phurba is believed to be made from meteorite.