Tibet, Vajradhara with consort

When depicted together, Vajradhara and his consort are seated in sexual embrace. Normally, his arms are  crossed over her back and he holds the usual attributes (vajra and ghanta) while she holds a vajra and a skull cup.

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara+consort, gilt metal, Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara+consort, gilt metal, Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

14th-15th c., Tibet, Vajradhara+consort, copper alloy with cold gold, pigment and stone inlay,

14th-15th c., Tibet, Vajradhara+consort, gilt copper and stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara and consort, bronze, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara and consort, bronze, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

As always, the consort/mother/shakti is much smaller than her partner.

14th-15th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, copper allow with cold gold and pigment, photo by Christie's.

14th-15th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, copper allow with cold gold and pigment, photo by Christie’s.

This sculpture shows him with his hands away from her back.

Undated, Tibet, Vajradhara and consort, gilt metal, at the

Undated, Tibet, Vajradhara and consort, gilt metal, at the American Museum of National History.

On paintings, their bodies may have different colours and they may hold different attributes. The above sculpture shows her holding a skull cup and a flaying knife.

 

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2 thoughts on “Tibet, Vajradhara with consort

  1. Who is the Artist for this sculpture , can i find any additional information on this piece and how it came to be ?

    • Thank you for your message. Not sure which sculpture you are referring to in particular, but the museums and auction houses indicated may have more information, just check their websites. As to the artist, very few Tibetan sculptures have an inscription on the base, and inscriptions usually refer to the deity and the donor/patron, not the artist.

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