ISLAMIC AND ASIAN ART TIMED AUCTION OCTOBER 2020
Timed auction. Auction closed. Number of lots: 282.

Lot 174 - A MONGOLIAN BRONZE MAHAKALA-HEAD RITUAL WATER POT

蒙古十九世紀 銅大黑天頭形水盂


The water pot is shaped as the head of a fierce Mahakala, with the open mouth forming the vessel. The head is finely modelled with two wheel-shaped earrings hanging from pendulous earlobes all below a five-pointed diadem decorated with skulls. The head is decorated with small blue glass inlays.
25 by 21 cm.

Provenance:
Paul Rutten collection, Amsterdam.
Jan Brummelhuis collection, Amsterdam.

Catalogue notes: this vessel would have been used in addition to a Purbhu (ritual dagger) for the banishing of evil spirits.

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