Tibet, Vajradhara alone (4)

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) and glass, private collection, photo by Koller.

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) and glass, private collection, photo by Koller.

Vajradhara wears a five-leaf crown with Kirtimukha just below the circular central panel, the vegetation sprouting from his mouth is inlaid with glass cabochons like the rest of his accessories. His ears are adorned with Nepalese-style floral buds ornaments, beaded necklaces, armbands, bracelets and anklets, his chignon is topped with a half vajra finial, his ankle-length dhoti decorated with an incised border. As usual, the right arm is crossed over the left one to hold the thunderbold sceptre and bell at heart level.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Possibly made in Central Tibet, this sculpture depicts him with a loosely draped dhoti and a shawl forming loops at elbow level. His jewellery includes large floral earrings and a short necklace with five pendants.

Same as before.

Same as before, with silver and copper inlay.

Same type of crown and earrings, the lower garment is decorated with a broad strip of copper.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, mercury gilt copper alloy, turquoise and coral inlay, pigments, at the Newark Museum (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, mercury gilt copper alloy, turquoise and coral inlay, pigments, at the Newark Museum (USA).

Chinese-style festooned necklaces were popular in parts of Tibet during the 15th and 16 century.

Same as before, copper alloy with cold gold and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

Same as before, bronze (brass) stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

His face has been painted with cold gold and pigments, possibly at a later date.

 

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