Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (9)

15th-16th c., Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, published on michaans.com

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, published on michaans.com

Vajrasattva wears a sash across his chest, a Chinese-style shawl and ample dhoti – both with an incised hem. He is adorned with discreet necklaces and bracelets, an elegant belt, a large five-leaf crown with side bows and ribbons, large earrings with a foliate pendant.

Same as before, gilt copper with stones or glass and pigment, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before, gilt copper with stones or glass and pigment, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

As usual with images worshipped in Tibet (or at least in Lhasa), this buddha’s face is painted with cold gold and pigments and the hair is dyed with blue pigment which, originally, would have been lapis lazuli powder.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass with traces of blue pigment, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass with traces of blue pigment, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

Seated on a double-lotus base with particularly broad flat petals, Vajrasattva wears a crown made of three flowers, with simplified rosettes and short bows, plain necklaces and bracelets, a belt, and a simplified version of the floral earrings with foliate pendants that help date the piece.

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Even though the piece is just over 4″ high (10,5 cm), the artist took the trouble to mark the folds of the shawl at the back and to repeat the pattern of the belt and show its festoons and pendant ribbons.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The four-petal flower design is used here for the earrings. His accessories are inlaid with (missing) stones, the tips of the flowing ribbons are lotus buds, his dhoti reaches just below the knee and is decorated with an incised pattern and a hem with two rows of piping above shin ornaments and anklets.

 

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