Tibet, Vajrasattva – seated (12)

13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy with stone inlay, Nyingjei Lam collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy with stone inlay, Nyingjei Lam collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Vajrasattva is seated on a double lotus base with heart-shaped petals, over a stepped throne supported by two lions (with rather canine ears and noses) and decorated with a floral or wheel motif at the front. There is a pointed halo behind his head and, forming an arch around him, we can see viyalas, makaras, apsaras among scrolling vegetation, and a garuda at the top with a naga in its mouth.

17th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, at the British Museum in London (UK).

17th century, Tibet, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, at the British Museum in London (UK).

Same theme, different style and period. The arch is topped with a parasol and strengthened with a horizontal bar prolonged by a sceptre with a flaming jewel finial on each side.

14th century, Western Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass with cold gold and pigments, at the Walters

14th century, Western Tibet, Vajrasattva, brass with cold gold, pigments and stone inlay (most of them missing), at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (USA).

This interesting Vajrasattva also has a pointed halo fastened to his back, engraved with a floral motif and decorated with a triratna at the top. His lower garment and scarf are incised with a geometrical pattern. We have seen similar jewellery and stone-inlaid decoration for the hem of the dhoti on works from the 16th century.

 

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