Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (8)

15th century circa, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century circa, Tibet, Vajrasattva, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A standard image of the deity, with Chinese-style draping.

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He has silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips and wears a shawl over his shoulders. The fluttering foliage at elbow level is most unusual as it isn’t on the extremities of the garment.

15h century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams

15th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This one wears a Nepalese-style dhoti that reaches below the knee, thus showing shin ornaments that match his armbands – while the floral panels of his crown match his earrings. The hem of his garment is decorated with a floral and geometrical pattern.

Same as before

Same as before, photo by Christie’s.

Similar style but different facial features and a regal bearing.

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His large round earrings and other accessories are studded with dark stones instead of the usual clear gems or the turquoise and coral combination.

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The rim of his crown, his belt and the hem of his dhoti are incised with a geometrical motif.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, pigments and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

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Like the sculptures made by Newari artists in Nepal at the same time, this figure wears rings on his forefingers and small fingers, and his floral earrings include a sprouting lotus bud.

Same as before, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy and stone or glass inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

The cold gold and pigments on the face and hair of this buddha were probably renewed or added at a later date.

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