Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated

12th-13th century, Tibet, supreme buddha Vajrasattva, gilt copper inlaid with stones, private collection

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper inlaid with stones, private collection

The style (facial features, foliate jewellery and crown, bodily proportions) and the fact that it is made of copper rather than copper alloy indicate that the statue may have been made in Nepal for a Tibetan patron (the use of coral, turquoise and lapis lazuli corresponds to Tibetan taste). At any rate, it was almost certainly made by a Newar artist.

Vajrasattva, an aspect of the supreme buddha, holds a bell in his left hand while making a symbolic gesture with the other to hold a  (missing) vajra. The crown of his head is topped with a half vajra.

 

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