Tibet, vairocana – seated (4)

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.

Loosely inspired by the Indian Pala style, this sculpture depicts him  adorned with a five-leaf 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. His long striped dhoti is richly decorated with an incised motif.

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