Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (5)

14th century circa, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century circa, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

We saw in the previous post that Vajrasattva may hold the vajra sceptre horizontally towards his heart, and the bell in front of him rather than against his left hip. The above wears an elaborate crown with rosettes, bows and flowing ribbons, the central panel has a simplified kirtimukha design, topped with a flower that matches his earrings. The rest of his accessories includes a short necklace with matching armbands, bracelets and anklets, plus a longer necklace and a sacred cord. His thin celestial scarf with geometrical incisions frames his head before passing around his forearms, the ends tied like a bow. He wears a shawl with an incised border, one end artistically knotted over his left shoulder. Another singular detail is the way the artist has adorned the hem of his dhoti with the same design as the jewellery.

Undated (14th century circa?), same as before, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi (India).

Undated (14th century circa?), same as before, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi (India).

This Nepalese-style Vajrasattva has a helmet on his head topped with a half vajra. His scarf is arranged in a trilobe design behind his head and his lower garment, which is decorated with an incised motif, is short enough to display shin adornments and anklets.

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Like the previous image, he wears floral earrings with a lotus bud, but his crown displays Kirtimukha, with his face just above the stone inlaid at the centre of the rim.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This masterpiece has him wearing a crown with an unusual design and particularly long flowing ribbons, his chignon topped with a lotus bud finial, his scarf with split ends reaching his knees, his long striped dhoti held in place with a belt fastened on the sides.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

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