Nepal, Late Malla Vajradhara

16th century circa, Nepal or Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt cast and repoussé copper, published by Rossi & Rossi.

16th century circa, Nepal or Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt cast and repoussé copper, published by Rossi & Rossi.

Vajradhara is seated on a brocaded cushion,  holding a vajra and a ghanta in his hands crossed over his heart. He is adorned with a tall Tibetan-style five-leaf crown inlaid with large turquoise cabochons, a V-shaped necklace, foliate armbands with two rows of beading, matching anklets, a longer necklace and plain bracelets. His long dhoti with ample draping has an incised hem and is held in place with an ornate belt. His celestial scarf forms an arch behind his head (a feature seen on much earlier Tibetan works, and not typical of Nepalese works made before the 16th century). His hair is dyed with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a half vajra.

16th century, Nepal, Vajradhara, gilt copper and turquoise inlay, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

16th century, Nepal, Vajradhara, gilt copper and turquoise inlay, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK).

This figure wears a lower garment richly incised with a floral pattern.

16th-17th c., Nepal, Vajradhara, 3 Malla kingdoms, gilt c., 11,5 cm, Jokhang

Vajradhara’s celestial scarf forms an arch behind his head and its extremities are shaped like exuberant vegetation. He is adorned with plain bulky jewellery with a large circular motif used also on his belt.

16th-17th century, Nepal, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with turquoise, lapis lazuli and rubies, at the British Museum (UK)

16th-17th century, Nepal, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with turquoise, lapis lazuli and rubies, at the British Museum (UK).

This richly gilt and stone-inlaid sculpture depicts him with a lotus on each side of him supporting the bell and the thunderbolt, wearing a dhoti with an incised hem, the folds of the garment once inlaid with stones. He is adorned with a five-leaf crown with an incised rim, a Kirtimukha design on the front panel, with sprouting vegetation inlaid with turquoise, like the flowing ribbons, the extremities of his scarf, and the large rectangular urna on his forehead.

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