Western Tibet, Vajrasattva

11th century, Kashmiri artist in Western Tibet, Vajrasattva and consort, brass with silver and copper inlay, cold gold and pigments, is or was at the Potala, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th century, Kashmiri artist in Western Tibet, Vajrasattva and consort, brass with silver and copper inlay, cold gold and indigo, is or was at the Potala, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Vajrasattva holds an upright vajra sceptre and a bell with a vajra handle. He wears a tripartite crown with an effigy of Amitabha on the (broken) front panel, some beaded jewellery, a sacred thread and a thin scarf. Vajrasattvamika normally holds the same attributes, so her broken hand would have held a bell. Their dhotis are inlaid with copper. She wears a transparent Kashmiri-style tunic with an inverted U shape cut that shows part of her abdomen. They sit on a lotus flower over a throne supported by two elephants placed on each side of a seated figure wearing a dhoti, a scarf and a necklace.

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, Vajrasattva, at the Walters

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, Vajrasattva, at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (USA).

Himalayan metal sculptures of Vajrasattva standing are very few. This one depicts him standing on a (moon?) disc over a lotus with flat pointed petals,  between two stupas which form part of the (partly broken) base decorated with incisions and two lions at the front. He has thin arms, rigid legs, a tall thin chignon,  large bows and flowing ribbons, all typical of a group of early West Tibetan sculptures. He wears some jewellery, a sacred thread and a sash across his thighs.

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, Vajrasttva, Ngari province, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the Potala in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, Vajrasttva, Ngari province, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the Potala in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This one comes complete with flaming arch topped with a crescent moon and sun disc, on a lotus base with an upper row of flat petals and a lower row of plump petals split in half, the rim incised with a geometrical pattern typical of the Ngari province. His chignon is topped with a flaming jewel, he wears floral earrings, simple jewellery and a long striped dhoti.

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