Kashmir, a rare statue

11th century, Kashmir, buddha Vajrasattva and consort on an elephant throne, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes and urna, copper-inlaid lips, nipples and lotus petals, lapis lazuli, private collection

11th century, Kashmir, buddha Vajrasattva and consort on an elephant throne, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes and urna, copper-inlaid lips, nipples and lotus petals, lapis lazuli, private collection, photo by Christie’s

Vajrasattva and his consort are sitting on a lotus cushion, itself on an elephant throne resting on an oblong pedestal. She is much smaller than him and represented with exaggerated breasts and lower limbs smaller than the upper ones. They wear similar necklaces, inlaid with lapis lazuli, some bracelets, and she has some anklets too. The hem of his dhoti or lower garment is incised. He holds a vajra or thunderbolt at heart level

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