Tibet Repousse Dancing Skeleton PRICE UPON REQUEST

Before Buddhism entered Tibet in the 7th century the image of a dancing skeleton was merely a representation of spirits inhabiting cemeteries. Over the centuries it has become a protective figure intended to remind the living of the transience of life. This bronze image has been shaped by hammering the malleable metal into relief from the reverse side.

11.5″ tall 8″ wide, bronze repoussee, Tibet/China, early 20th century