Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (6)

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

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy, stones and pigment, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

His scarf acting as a frame, his chignon topped with a lotus finial, Vajrasattva holds an upright vajra sceptre and a bell (both missing). He is adorned with a tall crown decorated with rosettes and bows (no ribbons) – the panels secured with rods, an unusual number of necklaces, floral earrings, a sacred thread, armbands, bracelets, anklets, shin ornaments and a belt.

same as before, photo by Koller.

same as before, photo by Koller.

Here, the chignon is topped with a flaming jewel and the face is painted with cold gold and pigments (and the hair dyed with indigo or lapis lazuli powder). His long dhoti leaves no room for shin ornaments.  There is a shawl across the top of his chest and back, with the ends folded over his shoulders.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva (labelled Vajraghanta), copper alloy, private collection, photo by Galerie Petillon.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva (labelled Vajraghanta), copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Galerie Petillon.

This more modest work depicts him with bulky accessories and attributes, a cascade of curls falling on each side of his face, the hem of his garment incised with a geometrical pattern.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and pigments, private collection, published on asianart.com

14th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and pigments, private collection, published on asianart.com

Probably made by a Nepalese artist, this masterpiece depicts him with a half vajra finial, a crown with intricate foliate and floral panels and foliate bows and ribbons, large hoops, turquoise-inlaid jewellery and belt, a sacred thread.

Undated (14th-15th c?), Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt metal, at a mountain sanctuary, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (14th-15th c?), Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt metal, at a mountain sanctuary, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Another fine piece (although the gilding has been damaged) depicting him with a foliate crown with a simplified Kirtimukha design at the front and prominent side bows, the ribbons falling over the shoulders, their ends shaped like lotus buds, his dhoti knotted on the sides, the hems decorated with piping.

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3 thoughts on “Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (6)

    • All the record shows is that it was published in 2011 or before. When it comes from the gallery section, the name of the gallery is always quoted, so it must have come from an article or an exhibition report. Of course, a mistake may have occurred and corrections are always welcome.

  1. Thanks for the reply, not suggesting a mistake. I know the piece and owner very well so was surprised to see it listed on asianart.com.

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