Central Tibet, Vajradhara (2)

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This Vajradhara is almost identical to three similar sculptures published in a previous post, one with a different necklace, one with stone inlay and a third with a different urna and very slightly different face, all attributed to Central Tibet and dated 15th to 16th century.

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Made of non-gilt copper alloy, all four wear a crown with Kirtimukha on the front panel with more or less noticeable hands holding the vegetation that comes out of his mouth. They have a squarish face with silver-inlaid eyes and a small mouth, and wear a shawl that covers the shoulders and part of the back, forms a loop at elbow level and is stretched rigidly over their legs. Their loose dhoti covers part of the base.

15th century, Central Tibet, (labelled Western Tibet), Vajradhara, copper alloy with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Central Tibet, (labelled Western Tibet), Vajradhara, copper alloy with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The above has copper-inlaid lips, silver-inlaid eyes and stone-inlaid accessories (some cabochons are missing).

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His lower garment is decorated with an incised and stippled floral motif. The loops of his shawl are shaped like flames.

 

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