Bhutan, Vajrasattva and consort

18th century, Bhutan, supreme buddha Vajrasattva and consort, gilt copper alloy with pigment, cold gold and turquoise inlay, lent by the Norbugang Zimgong Lakhang for the exhibition mentioned in previous post with photos by

18th century, Bhutan, supreme buddha Vajrasattva and consort, gilt copper alloy with pigment, cold gold and turquoise inlay, lent by the Norbugang Zimgong Lakhang for the exhibition mentioned in previous post with Shuzo Uemoto photos.

The curly three-lobe lotus foliage on the base is a distinctive feature of 18th-19th century Bhutanese sculptures, although not the only motif used. Whereas Vajrasattva’s moon-like face is painted with cold gold and red and black pigments in the Tibetan fashion, the beaded adornments are a typically Chinese design. She holds a solar disc, he holds a (now missing) thunderbolt or vajra in his right hand and a bell or ghanta in his left hand.

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