A GILT-BRONZE OF SAHAYA SAMVARA. YAB-YUM
Tibet, 14th ct.
H. 19 cm
This rare depiction of Sahaya Samvara, in loving union with his wisdom partner Varavarahi, is particularly revered in the Drikung Kagyu tradition. The depiction in yab-yum symbolically includes "skilful means" as the male principle, and "perfect insight" as the female principle. Skillful means are signified as mercy, and perfect wisdom and insight as the emptiness of all phenomena. In both hands the deity holds a bell and diamond sceptre crossed in front of the chest, the symbols of Vajrayana Buddhism. The bell is considered a feminine symbol and a symbol of wisdom, which is able to spread like the sound of bronze, and a symbol of the goal to be reached. The masculine sceptre, sometimes called the "thunderbolt", symbolises the method, or the (tantric) path. By crossing the two hands in front of the chest, the deity symbolises the union of opposites, of method and wisdom, illustrating the meaning of the "father-mother position". With his front pair of arms, Cakrasamvara, of iconographic blue body colour, holds his consort Vajravarahi. She is red in colour and has long black hair. With her right leg she entwines the loins of her partner. Her left hand holds a blood-filled skull bowl, and the right, behind her counterpart's back, a sickle knife. With the sickle knife she cuts through disturbing influences from the ego, and the skull bowl is an expression of her blissful wisdom and insight into the emptiness of all phenomena. Vajrayogini, as she is also called, is sixteen years old and of beguiling beauty, youthful freshness and vitality. She is the "Diamond Practitioner", she is the wisdom of the inseparability of great bliss and emptiness. This wisdom aims to transform the confusion of ignorance into insight. Therefore, Vajrayogini is also called Vajravarahi - the "Diamond Sow". Her attribute is a pig's head which she wears in her hair on the side (not in this figure), symbolically as an expression of the poison of the mind - ignorance. Both deities stand above hinder spirits on the worldly, wrathful god Bhairava, overcome by him, and his consort Kalarati, on whom he treads, with his bent leg, on his chest. The base for both deities is a sun lotus. Copper alloy, partly fire-gilded; cast in 2 parts, in the back of the Samvara is a closed opening to receive consecrations.
Old South German private collection, mostly acquired from Schoettle Ostasiatika between 1968 and the 1980s
Right foot of the dakini broken off, chipped, base un-sealed
Bronze des Sahaya Samvara, Yab-yum
Tibet, 14. Jh.
H. 19 cm
Diese seltene Darstellung des Sahaya Samvara, in liebender Vereinigung mit seiner Weisheitspartnerin Varavarahi, wird besonders in der Drikung-Kagyü-Tradition verehrt. Die Darstellung in yab-yum beinhaltet symbolisch die „geschickten Mittel“ als männliches, und „vollkommene Einsicht“ als weibliches Prinzip. Geschickte Mittel werden als Erbarmen, und vollkommene Weisheit und Einsicht in die Leerheit aller Phänomene gekennzeichnet. In beiden Händen hält die Gottheit Glocke und Diamantszepter vor der Brust gekreuzt, die Symbole des Vajrayana-Buddhismus. Die Glocke gilt als weibliches Symbol und als Sinnbild der Weisheit, die sich wie der Klang der Bronze auszubreiten vermag, und als Sinnbild des Ziels das es zu erreichen gilt. Das männlich besetzte Szepter, manchmal auch als „Donnerkeil“ bezeichnet, versinnbildlicht die Methode, oder den (tantrischen) Weg. Durch das Überkreuzen der beiden Hände vor der Brust symbolisiert die Gottheit die Vereinigung der Gegensätze, von Methode und Weisheit, die Bedeutung der „Vater-Mutter-Stellung“ verdeutlichend. Mit seinem vorderen Armpaar hält Cakrasamvara, von ikonographisch blauer Körperfarbe, seine Gefährtin Vajravarahi. Sie ist von roter Körperfarbe und hat langes schwarzes Haar. Mit dem rechten Bein umschlingt sie die Lenden ihres Partners. Ihre linke Hand hält eine blutgefüllte Schädelschale, und die rechte, hinter dem Rücken ihres Gegenüber ein Sichelmesser. Mit dem Sichelmesser zerschneidet sie störende Einflüsse von Seiten des Ego, und die Schädelschale ist Ausdruck ihrer glückseligen Weisheit und Einsicht in die Leerheit aller Phänomene. Vajrayogini, wie sie auch bezeichnet wird, ist sechzehn Jahre alt und von betörender Schönheit, jugendlicher Frische und Vitalität. Sie ist die „Diamantene Übende“, sie ist die Weisheit der Untrennbarkeit von großer Glückseligkeit und Leerheit. Diese Weisheit zielt darauf ab die Verwirrung der Unwissenheit in Einsicht umzuwandeln. Daher wird Vajrayogini auch Vajravarahi - die „Diamantene Sau“ genannt. Ihr Attribut ist ein Schweinskopf den sie seitlich im Haar trägt (nicht bei dieser Figur), symbolisch als Ausdruck des Geistesgiftes - Unwissenheit. Beide Gottheiten stehen über Hindergeistern auf dem von ihm überwundenen weltlichen, zornvollen Gott Bhairava, und dessen Gefährtin Kalarati, auf die er, mit dem angewinkelten Bein, auf die Brust tritt. Die Basis für beide Gottheiten bildet ein Sonnenlotos. Kupferlegierung, teilweise feuervergoldet; 2- teilig gegossen, im Rücken des Samvara befindet sich eine verschlossene Öffnung zur Aufnahme von Weihungen.
Aus einer alten süddeutschen Privatsammlung, großteils erworben bei Schoettle Ostasiatika zwischen 1968 und den 1980er Jahren
Rechter Fuß der Dakini abgebrochen, Bestoßungen, Sockel ohne Verschlussplatte
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