Tibet,Vajrasattva – seated (2)

13th-14th century, Tibet, buddha Vajrasattva, copper alloy with silver inlaid eyes, private collection.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy with silver inlaid eyes, private collection.

Vajrasattva is a form of Vajradhara, the quintessential buddha, who normally holds a bell against his left hip and a vajra in his right hand, at heart level, although here it is missing. This singular figure has realistic body proportions, with beautifully crafted hands and feet, a typically Tibetan moon-like face expressing serenity, and some rather small ears. His chignon is topped with a lotus bud finial. He wears a low crown made of three foliate panels secured with a thin wire at the back, upward flowing ribbons and rosettes., large hoops and princely jewellery.  Some long strands of hair fall over his shoulders. His transparent ankle-length dhoti has an incised hem and is held in place with an equally incised belt or sash knotted at the back. His armbands match the design of his crown.

 

4 thoughts on “Tibet,Vajrasattva – seated (2)

  1. Reblogged this on Artiquity and commented:
    Everytime I think I’ve seen all the forms of buddha, I stumble upon another. At first, I thought the hand positioning was forming a mudra, but apparently there’s a thunderbolt missing from the right hand. It must have been deliberately left out by the artist, because nothing appears to be chipped or broken on that hand. I’m sure that means something as well. I’m really amazed how so much remains the same across centuries and countries, with only small variations.

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