Western Tibet, four-faced Vairocana

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, buddha Vairocana, brass, at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK)

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, buddha Vairocana, brass, at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK).

11th-12th c., Western Tibet, Vairocana, W.Him., brass, 6,5 cm, back

This very small statue (6,5 cm) depicts buddha Vairocana in his Vajradhatu form, with four heads and two hands. He is seated on a tall double lotus base with flat round petals and no beading, which has no decoration at the back (as is usually the case in Tibet). He is wearing a see-through garment and some simple jewellery. The incised sash around his waist is folded to cover both ankles, the ends tailing off in front of him. His front and back moon-like faces are worn and the stones are missing from his jewellery, nevertheless one can appreciate the harmonious proportions of this piece.

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