Item Code: TI10
Tibetan Thangka Painting14.0" x 19.5"
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With a dark body lunging wildly across the back of his bull mount, Yama here waves a skull-headed club and lasso. He glares with puffed-up snouts straight at the viewer. His consort is the blond haired Chamundi, who too is dark as the night, and who straddles the haunches of the bull and Yama's left leg. She holds a trident and offers Yama a skull-cup full of blood. Both have three eyes and five-skull crowns; his is topped by a vajra entwined with a serpent. He wears a large necklace of severed human heads. Both are sky-clad, except for the sparkling white bone ornaments adorning their bodies and the spotted antelope skin covering her back. The ferocious bull in his turn rides the stricken body of ignorant life beneath his bellowing form.
A twisting and blazing fiery aureole surrounds the duo. This known as kalagni, meaning the 'fire (agni) of time (kala)'. Literally it is the 'fire at the end of time', which according to Buddhist ideals, is the ultimate conflagration of the universe at the end of this aeon.
The aureole coils are tipped with golden flames, drawn with much grace and expression of movement. The flames curl to one side and leap out at the other. This transverse motion enhances the dynamic body posture of the couple, lending to it vitality and vigor.