Central Tibet, Vajradhara

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, brass with turquoise inlay, at the Newark Museum (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, brass with turquoise inlay, at the Newark Museum (USA). 

Seated on a double lotus base with elongated petals, two rows of beading and a plain lower rim, Vajradhara crosses his arms over his heart, holding a vajra sceptre in his right hand and a vajra bell (ghanta) in the other, adorned with five-leaf crown fastened with long ribbons, large floral earrings, a Chinese-style festooned necklace, floral armbands and bracelets, a shawl, the extremities forming a loop at elbow level before resting rigidly over the rim of the base. He has a square face with semi-closed eyes, possibly inlaid with silver, a small mouth and nose, a large rectangular urna inlaid with turquoise, his chignon is topped with a half vajra.

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There are lotus petals all around the back of the base. His dhoti is held in place with a very ornate festooned belt and his shawl is decorated with an incised motif.

15th century, Central Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy, private collection.

15th century, Central Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy, private collection.

A similar style complete with flaming arch, a raised urna on the forehead, the ribbons of the crown flowing upwards. We will notice the thin waist and fleshy abdomen.

Same as before, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (USA).

Same as before, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (USA).

There are variations in the necklace , the length of the shawl and the shape of its loops at elbow level.

 

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

15th century, Central Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Central Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century circa, Central Tibet, Tsang province, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century circa, Central Tibet, Tsang province, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The previous figure is very similar to this one and other sculptures attributed to workshops from the Tsang province in Central Tibet and dated 15th-16th century by Jeff Watt from the Himalayan Art Resources website. None of them are gilt.

Same as before

Same as before.

Some of them wear a dhoti partly decorated with an incised pattern.

Same as before.

Same as before.

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This one has larger almond-shaped eyes and fleshier lips, a round urna inlaid with a (missing) stone or coral. He sits on a different type of lotus base, associated with the 16th century.

Same as before.

Same as before.

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