Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (2)

Undated, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (13th-14th c?), Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze, at the San Francisco Museum of Art.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

The iconography is similar to when he is standing, the thunderbolt may be held horizontally or upright in his right hand, the position of the bell in his left hand varies from one artist to the other.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass with cold gold and pigment, is or was at the Jokhang, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass with cold gold, pigment and turquoise inlay, is or was at the Jokhang, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Above, the vajra and ghanta are supported by two lotuses attached to his arms at elbow level while both hands are doing a symbolic gesture and holding the stem of the lotuses.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, photo by Rossi&Rossi.

Same as above, gilt copper.

Same as above, gilt copper.

It is most unusual for buddha not to be seated in the vajra position, however, Vajrasattva may have the right leg pendant, his foot supported by a lotus.

15th century circa, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century circa, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy inlaid with stones, photo by Sotheby’s.

The above is a variant, with the leg slightly unfolded and the foot resting on the base.

 

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