Tibet, Shakyamuni with Vajrapani

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

This is a rare sculpture of the historical buddha with wrathful Vajrapani on the pedestal (see below). He has Chinese-style facial features (smiling chubby face, narrow eyes)  and his monastic robe, which has an incised hem, is draped in the Chinese style. His arms are somewhat short and stiff. His hands are in the bhumisparsha (calling Earth to witness) and dhyana (meditation) mudras.

15th c., Tibet, Shakyamuni, gilt c.a., 20 cm, Vajrapani on base, Christie's

A kind of stone-stele imitation of wrathful Vajrapani adorns the front of the double-lotus pedestal with wide rounded petals, a row of small beading above, a plain part and another row of small beading below, that recall Nepalese sculptures of the same period.

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