Pair of Dancing Citipatis "Lords of the Funeral Pile"
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ABS 302

 Code: ABS 302

  Country: Mongolia

  Style: Khalkhas of Outer Mongolia

  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 37

  Materials: Wood, with remains of painted decoration

Wood, with remains of painted decoration. 

The Sri Smasana Adipata or "glorious lords of the charnel ground of the funeral pile - father & mother" are popularly known as Citipati or "lord of the funeral pile". They are related to the Cakrasamvara Tantra and are usually represented as pair of skeleton figures bandishing various attributes.

Wang-Toutain, Françoise; Pannier, Françoise et al., 2004. La danse des morts: Citipati de l'Himalaya, danses macabres et vanités de l'Occident : exposition du 15 septembre au 30 octobre 2004, Galerie Le toit du monde, Paris. Paris ; Galerie Le toit du monde ; Suilly-la-Tour : Éd. Findakly.