Kashmir, 11th c. Vajrasattva

10th-11th century (975-10125), Kashmir, supreme buddha Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

10th-11th century (975-10125), Kashmir, supreme buddha Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

Sitting on a double-lotus base supported by a tall plinth, Vajrasattva is holding a thunderbolt or vajra in his right hand and a bell or ghanta in the other.  His necklace matches a large garland that passes under his legs and reaches the lotus base below the three-pointed end of his transparent dhoti.  He is wearing a three-leaf crown with curly, flowing ribbons, large bows and rosettes often seen on Ladakhi works. Other features associated with Ladakh are the absence of urna and the plain lower part of the back panel. This piece may have been made by a Kashmiri artist commissioned by someone from Ladakh.

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