Tibet, Vajradhara with lotuses (2)

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

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

His beautiful face painted with pigments and his hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder, Vajradhara holds the stem of flowers against which  a tiny thunderbolt sceptre (to his right) and a tiny bell (to his left) are propped. His crown and other accessories are inlaid with medium-size stones (and possibly coral). The hem on his shawl and  loose dhoti is incised with a floral motif.

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

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

This one has a half-vajra finial on his chignon. The lotus flowers that support his attributes are fastened to his elbows.

16th-17th century, Tibet or Nepal, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

16th-17th century, Tibet or Nepal, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

On this picture of a similar sculpture, we can see that even the tail end of his dhoti is inlaid with small stones.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Vajradhara may hold the stem of lotuses while retaining the vajra and ghanta in his hands. The above wears a bulky necklace and matching armbands and bracelets, and a heavy belt.

 

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