Gilgit, Vairocana on throne

7th-8th century, Gilgit, Vairocana, brass with silver and copper inlay, photo by Bonhams.

7th-8th century, Gilgit, Vairocana, brass with silver and copper inlay, photo by Bonhams.

Vairocana, identified through the turning-the-wheel-of-dharma gesture (dharmacakra mudra), is seated in the lotus position on a plain cushion over a cloth with tassels typical of the Gilgit and Swat Valley area. The throne is supported by two kneeling donors mentioned in the inscription at the front. His eyes and the urna on his forehead are inlaid with silver and his lips and details of his garments with copper. He wears a low crown, a short necklace and some bracelets.

7th-8th c., Gilgit, Vairocana, brass, Sharada inscription

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