Tibet, Vairocana – seated (5)

13th century, Tibet, Vairocana, brass with turquoise and copper inlay, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Vairocana, brass, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Vairocana in his bodhisattva appearance, with one head and two hands held in a gesture specific to him, seated on a double-lotus base with apple-like petals and thick beading, framed by his thin celestial scarf secured to his body with rods, his princely jewellery inlaid with turquoise and copper, his nails also inlaid with copper.

14th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

14th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

A different style, wearing an incised dhoti and a matching celestial scarf (slipping off his shoulders),  a three-leaf crown without rosettes, bows or ribbons. Like the previous figure, he is adorned with three necklaces, plain bracelets and foliate armbands but no anklets. He has particularly fleshy toes.

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The foliate panels of his crown are linked with a Kirtimukha design.

Same as before

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This sculpture depicts him seated on a cloth over the lotus base, his face and hair obviously painted more recently.

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The front panel of his crown is decorated with Kirtimukha.

14th century, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with silver, stone and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with silver, copper, stone (and coral) inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The above is framed by lotuses. His dhoti is inlaid with silver and copper in the Pala Indian fashion.

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