Tibet, Vajradhara – singular works

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

Seated on a lotus base, framed by an arch made of lotus buds with Amitayus holding a long-life vase at the top, flanked by two dakinis standing on a lotus flower, his hands crossed at heart level, holding the thunderbolt sceptre and bell and the stem of lotuses, Vajradhara is adorned with a five-leaf crown, large floral earrings with a floral pendant,  beaded necklaces, armbands, bracelets, anklets and belt with a tiny floral motif.

15th century, Tibet, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection.

This buddha, with a broad face and silver-inlaid eyes, has a hair curl on his forehead (urna), a feature associated with the historical buddha. In Himalayan art, the urna is usually round, tear-shaped, rectangular, square or oval, raised or inlaid with a stone or coral cabochon (or sometimes incised).

15th century, Southern Tibet, Vajradhara, silver with stone inlay, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

15th century, Southern Tibet, Vajradhara, silver with stone inlay, at the Art Institute of Chicago (USA).

This silver figure with an elongated face, generous nose and large urna is adorned with jewellery inlaid with medium to large stones (most missing), a shawl, a loose-fitting dhoti held in place with a belt with pendants resting on his legs, below the knees. Because the shawl covers his arms, the armbands are placed on the inner part of the forearm.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) with copper, silver and turquoise inlay, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) with copper, silver and turquoise inlay, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

This masterpiece depicts Vajradhara seated on a throne, surrounded with a flaming halo.

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He has silver-inlaid eyes. The flaming arch is decorated with small buddhas.

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The throne is supported by two columns and two lions. It is decorated with floral incisions and copper and silver inlaid motifs, including a flower at the centre.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

A gilt figure seated on a single lotus base over a parcel-gilt throne covered with a cloth and supported by two lions and another two figures.

 

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