Mongolia, Vajradhara (2)

17th century (circa), Mongolia, Vajradhara,

17th century (or later), Mongolia, Vajradhara, private collection.

Vajradhara is seated on a Mongolian-style double lotus base, his delicate hands crossed over his heart, holding a vajra (thunderbolt) and a ghanta (bell). He is adorned with Chinese-style beaded jewellery, cross-belt and low crown with upward flying ribbons. His tall Indian Pala-style Chignon is painted with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a flaming pearl or jewel that matches the design of his five-leaf crown. The hem of his long dhoti is decorated with an incised motif, the bottom part of the garment is arranged into a semi-circular shape in front of him. The extremities of his thin celestial scarf rest over the sides of the pedestal.

17th-18th century, Mongolia, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Carlo Cristi.

17th-18th century, Mongolia, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Carlo Cristi.

This sculpture depicts the deity with more individual facial features and singular, showy jewellery. He is seated on a similar lotus base (but the two rows of petals are not facing each other). The ends of his wavy pleated celestial scarf rest behind him.

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