Mongolia, Vajrasttava and consort

17th-18th century, Mongolia, Vajrasttva, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

17th-18th century, Mongolia, Vajrasttva, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

Vajrasattva is seated on a tall double-lotus base typical of Mongolia, in embrace with his consort (Vajradhatu-Ishvari). He holds a vajra upright in one hand and a  bell (ghanta) with a vajra handle in the other, she has the same attributes. They are adorned with beaded jewellery and five-leaf crowns, their hair painted with blue pigment and their chignon topped with a flaming jewel. The ends of his thin rigid celestial scarf are placed under him. The hem of his ankle-length dhoti is decorated with an incised pattern.

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