Tibet, Vajradhara alone (7)

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, newly replaced attributes, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

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Vajradhara wears a magnificent five-panel crown inlaid with turquoise and coral, matching necklaces, armbands and festooned belt, large floral earrings with a foliate pendant, no anklets. His chignon is topped with a floral finial.

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Even the upper rim of the Yongle-style lotus base is inlaid with tiny turquoise and coral cabochons.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this more sober example, the face has been painted with cold gold, the facial features and the hair with pigments. His shawl wraps his shoulders then his forearms, leaving the armbands uncovered.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Here, the extremities of his scarf are inlaid with (missing stone) and flow upwards, looking like sprouting vegetation.

17th century circa, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

17th century circa, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with glass inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

Vajradhara sits on a single lotus base with flat elongated petals going upwards, a feature rarely seen before the 17th century. He wears a shawl with serpentine ends, a loosely draped dhoti with an incised hem, held in place with a heavy belt, bulky jewellery with a floral design and a matching crown.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) with cold gold on the face (and a turquoise urna). Separate base. Private collection, photo by Koller.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) with cold gold on the face (and a turquoise urna). Separate base. Private collection, photo by Koller.

Another buddha with ample draping and showy accessories, including a shawl with the upward flowing ends shaped like spiky foliage matched by the pointed panels of his crown, the side bows and two lots of ribbons.

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