Mongolia, 17th c. Vajrasattva – Chinese style

Mongolia, 17th century, supreme buddha Vajrasattva, bronze inlaid with turquoise and coral, at the Zanabazar Museum (Mongolia)

Mongolia, 17th century (or later), supreme buddha Vajrasattva, bronze inlaid with turquoise and coral, at the Zanabazar Museum (Mongolia).

The  influence of Chinese artists over some Himalayan buddhist sculptures  can be appreciated here through a number of features such as the shape of the crown, the beaded necklace with pendants, the big round lotus earrings, the shape of the dhoti, the  thin and rigid scarf with its ends resting over the  lotus base (itself different from the usual tall, Indian Pala style, Mongolian ones).  However,  the moonlike face with large semi-closed eyes is very different from Chinese works made for Chinese taste (and the use of coral inlay together with turquoise is more specific to Tibet).

The bell is missing from Vajrasattva’s right hand, he holds a thunderbolt or vajra in the other.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s