Buddhist sculptures from Bhutan are usually late works from the 17th-19th century. They are beautifully handcrafted and lavishly decorated, as can be seen from the exhibition The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan, that was held at various museums across the world and organised by the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Kingdom of Bhutan in 2009. Here are few examples:
Akshobhya is dressed in princely garments and wearing a crown. He holds a vajra or thunderbolt in one hand while calling Earth to witness with the other. The pedestal represents Akshobhya’s mount, i.e. two elephants, and his wrathful form, Achala (a protector of the faith who chases evil away with is sword).
The Bhutanese style is a mixture of Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan and Kashmiri styles but the shape of the foliage on the cushion is typical of Bhutanese buddhist sculptures.
Vajrasattva, a reflection of the primordial buddha Vajradhara, is holding a vajra in one hand and a ghanta (bell) in the other. He has the elongated ears of all buddhas and wears princely jewellery like the Newar sculptures from Nepal. The double-lotus base is reminiscent of Tibetan ones from an earlier period. The statue has been fire-gilt all over then some cold gold was applied to the face, in the Tibetan fashion.