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ABS 151

 Code: ABS 151

  Country: Tibet (central)


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 25.6 x 36.6 x 3.1

  Materials: Wood

Throne back panel

This detailed carved wooden throne back panel shows a series of scenes and figures geometrically arranged in separate registers. The ten larger panels on the edges show scenes taking place on charnel grounds. Eight of them feature following details: a river, a tree, a stupa, a naga, a dakini and a deity sitting on a mount. The "eight great charnel grounds" are tantric sites par excellence. Yogis and yoginis occupy the inner vertical fields. Two small figures are visible at the bottom, a monk on the left and a devout woman on the right. Possibly they are the commissioners. The nine sections of the upper horizontal register house multi-limbed female deities, some of whom bear animal heads. At the left, the headless dakini Chinnamasta is featured with her two attendants. This ensemble was probably placed behind the statue of a wrathful tantric deity, most likely Chakrasamvara or a dakini like Vajravarahi.