A Tibetan Buddhistic Skeleton Diya (Oil burner)
Regular price £95
A crudely cast brass Tibetan Buddhist incense oil burner, in the form of a reclining skeleton holding a Diya bowl.
Likely to be used in monasteries for the practice of Maraṇasati, a Buddhist meditation practice that uses various visualization and contemplation techniques to meditate on the nature of death. Mindfulness of death is a central teaching in Tibetan Buddhism.
The wick end of the Diya is towards the skull, which when lit illuminates the face. The form of the skull, especially the mouth, is modelled in the same style as depictions of Citipati, the wrathful, demonic deities representing both the eternal dance of death & perfect awareness.
Difficult to date exactly but likely to be late 19th/early 20th Century.
107mm Skull to toe (4-1/4")
60mm width thumb to thumb (2-3/8")
44mm tall from bottom of base to top of thumb/skull (1-3/4")
No breaks or losses, nice tactile wear and light tarnish/verdigris.