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The Buddhist guardian Hayagriva
Place of Origin: China
Date: approx. 1600-1700
Historical Period: Ming dynasty (1368-1644)-Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Materials: Gilded bronze
Dimensions: H. 7 15/16 in x W. 7 in x D. 4 in, H. 20.2 cm x W. 17.8 cm x D. 10.2 cm
Credit Line: Transfer from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Department: Himalayan Art
Collection: Sculpture
Object Number: B68B11.a-.b
On Display: No

Description

Label: Besides being one of the Eight Guardians of the Law, Hayagriva is also worshiped as the patron deity of horse traders in Tibet. His special characteristic is the head of a horse, which protrudes from his flaming hair. Here three horse heads are present. With three heads, six arms, and eight feet, trampling on eight snakes with their tails entwined, this is a special form of Hayagriva worshiped by the Gelug Order of Tibetan Buddhism.
Label: Besides being one of the Eight Guardians of the Law, Hayagriva is also worshiped as the patron deity of horse traders in Tibet. His special characteristic is the head of a horse, which protrudes from his flaming hair. Here three horse heads are present. With three heads, six arms, and eight feet, trampling on eight snakes with their tails entwined, this is a special form of Hayagriva worshiped by the Gelug Order of Tibetan Buddhism.