Tibet, Vajrasattva – standing

Vajrasattva, an emanation of Vajradhara, is always depicted in bodhisattva appearance (princely garments and jewellery). On paintings he is always seated but on sculptures he may be standing.

11th century circa, Western Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze, photo by Christie's.

11th century circa, Western Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze, photo by Christie’s.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel.

Like Vajrapani, he holds a thunderbolt or vajra horizontally or upright in his right hand, and he has a bell in his left hand, against his hip.

12th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, photo by A&J Speelman.

12th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy with cold gold, photo by A&J Speelman.

This remarkable and elegant sculpture depicts him with the vajra held at heart level between the thumb and the fourth finger.

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