Tibet, Vajradhara alone (3)

14th century circa, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper and stone inlay, at the Rietberg Museum in Zürich (Switzerland).

14th century circa, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper and stone inlay, at the Rietberg Museum in Zürich (Switzerland).

This (Nepalese) Malla-style sculpture depicts Vajradhara in his standard form, his hands crossed over his heart, holding thunderbolt sceptre and bell, adorned with a five-leaf crown, princely jewellery and accessories studded with hard stones (mainly turquoise), including the extremities of his scarf shaped like vegetation flowing upwards. The lower part of his tight-fitting dhoti is gathered under his ankles following an elegant foliate pattern.

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise inlay, private collection, published on asianart.com.

14th century (or later?), Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise inlay, private collection, published on asianart.com.

This buddha holds the stem of a flower in each hand as well as the vajra and ghanta, The draping of his dhoti and the style of his earrings are associated with later works while the double lotus base is reminiscent of some 14th century Khasa Malla sculptures. Long strands of hair fall over his shoulder, his chignon is topped with a jewel finial.

Same as before, at Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

Same as before, at Musée Guimet in Paris (France).

Another gilt and studded Vajradhara, his celestial scarf acting as a frame. We can see Kirtimukha on the central panel of his crown, with vegetation sprouting from his mouth.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This one wears simple jewellery inlaid with a few medium-size turquoise cabochons, including floral earrings.

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

 

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