Tibet, vairocana – seated (4)

Undated, possibly 12th-13th century, Tibet, Vairocana, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, probably 13th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Loosely inspired by the Indian Pala style, this sculpture of Vairocana depicts him seated in the vajra position, his hands doing a gesture specific to him, adorned with jewellery and a tall leaf crown with ornate panels. He has a relaxed face with downcast eyes, thin eyebrows and a large raised urna. His long dhoti is richly incised and loosely gathered under his legs, the end arranged in a scallop shape under his ankles.

13th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, brass, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, brass and pigments, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this sculpture, he wears a more standard crown, with rosettes and upward-flowing ribbons. Long-stemmed lotuses are attached to his arms and meet with the long strands of hair over his shoulders. He has sharp facial features and a square face, a large raised urna and very thin eyebrows. The hair has been painted with lapis lazuli powder and there are traces of red pigment on his crown.

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