Tibet, Vajradhara (4)

14th-15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara (labelled ‘Vajrasattva’), gilt copper alloy with turquoise and coral, private collection, photo on Bonhams , Hong Kong.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo on  Ethereal

Vajradhara, seated with his legs in the vajra position, holds a vajra sceptre and a bell in his hands crossed over his heart. He has a bodhisattva appearance, wearing a lower garment held in place with a belt, a crown, princely jewellery and a jewelled finial on his chignon.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, private collection, photo by on Bonhams , London.

When his attributes are placed on lotuses by his side his hands are in the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture. The above has a cape over his shoulders.

First half of the 17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper (alloy?), photo on Fondation Alain Bordier , at the Tibet Museum in Gruyères (Switzerland).

This Chinese-style work depicts him with a shawl with the ends folded below his arms, and a long beaded garland that goes across his legs and over the lotus throne.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara with prajna, copper, photo here , at the Tibet Museum in Gruyères (Switzerland).

With his consort, Bhagavani, who may hold the same implements or a skull cup and a flaying knife.

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14th-15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo on Sotheby’s .

14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with silver and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Pundole’s, sale M0009 lot 38.

Late 16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo on Christie’s, Paris .

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze with traces of polychromy, private collection, photo on Christie’s, Paris .

Vajradhara, seated with his legs locked and holding a vajra sceptre and a vajra bell in his hands crossed over his heart.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, photo by Sotheby’s, Arts d’Asie 11th June 2009.

Alternatively, his attributes are supported by lotuses he holds in his hands, always crossed over his heart.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass) restored, private collection, photo Christie’s, Paris .

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15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection?, photo on Artkhade

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection?, photo on Artkhade as above.

Seated in the vajra position, dressed in princely attire, Vajradhara holds a vajra sceptre and a vajra bell in his hands crossed over his heart.

Late 15th century, Western Tibet, Guge, Vajradhara, brass with traces of gilding, private collection, photo on Jstor (after Jin Tong Fo Xian).

15th-16th century, Western Tibet, Guge, Vajradhara, brass, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s, 1992.

Late Guge-style figures often have an oval face with thin facial features, a large raised urna and a sharp nose, a Kashmiri-style cruciform navel, a long and ample lower garment and a silk shawl draped in the Chinese fashion, a crown with the leaves set wide apart.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Hardt

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.Alternatively he may have lotuses on each side of him to support his attributes. This Chinese-style figure has the flowers fastened to his elbows.

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14th century (or later?), Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (copper alloy) with silver-inlaid eyes, Navin Kumar collection on HAR

A rare sculpture of Vajradhara with a plump face and silver-inlaid eyes such as we have seen on works attributed to the Guge area, wearing a long dhoti loosely draped in the Chinese fashion…

beaded and stone-inlaid accessories including a cross-belt and a festooned belt, his celestial scarf worn like a shawl over his shoulders.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

14th century (or later?), Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper (alloy?) with stones, private collection?, published on  gg-art

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 105 China 1.

15th-16th century, Tibet, (Tsang province?). Vajradhara, bronze (brass) with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 105 China 1.

From a corpus of brass works attributed to a Tsang province atelier, all with the same facial features, double-lotus base with elongated pointed petals, Chinese-style draping etc., this one has a turquoise-inlaid urna on his forehead.

Undated, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, photo on Himalayan Art Resources

A rare work with an extra leaf at the back of the tiara, a richly incised Chinese-style silk shawl, red paint at the back of the lotus base. His eyes and lips are painted, the hair is dyed with lapis lazuli powder.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy, with stone and possibly glass inlay), private collection?, photo on gg-art.com as before.

The three-head and six-hand form of this deity would normally hold the main attributes in his main hands as above, a hook and a skull cup in his middle hands, a sword and a noose in the upper ones. This figure holds a dharma wheel and a lotus bud in his middle hands, a visvajra and a lotus in the upper ones.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Koller, sale W253AS.

Tibet, Vajradhara – with lotuses (4)

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt metal with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources

Attributed to the Sonam Gyaltsen atelier in Southern Central Tibet, this sculpture includes a three-lobe halo tightly fitting around the head of the buddha and above his shoulders. Vajradhara’s attributes are placed on the open lotuses next to him.

Undated (circa 15th century), Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt metal with stone inlay, private collection, item 12376 on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s. 

A singular lotus base with an incised motif along the plinth.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, Nepalese artist, private collection, photo by auktionsverket.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller, auction A187AS.

When his attributes are supported by lotuses, Vajradhara may do the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture with his hands instead of crossing them over his heart.

 

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14th-15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy and stones, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Seated with his legs locked, holding a vajra sceptre and a vajra-handled bell in his hands crossed over his heart, he wears princely accessories inlaid with stones and a long dhoti decorated with incised stripes and a jewelled hem.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt metal with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise and coral, private collection, photo by Waddingtons.

He often has a half-vajra finial on his chignon.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 104 China 2.

Circa 16th century, Tibet (or Sino-Tibetan?), Vajradhara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 100.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, photo by Bruun Rasmussen

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara (labelled ‘Vajrasattva’), (gilt metal with stone inlay, cold gold and pigments), at the Zhol village Museum in Lhasa (Tibet), photo by Petra Mueller on WHAV.

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15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with silver, turquoise, lapis lazuli and clear gems, private collection, photo by Polyauction

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with, turquoise, private collection, photo by Polyauction

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Circa 16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos for aaoarts aaoarts .

Vajradhara, his hands crossed over his heart, holding the stem of lotuses that support an upright vajra sceptre and bell.

Circa 15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by on Bonhams.

His attributes may be placed horizontally instead.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with silver, turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, photo on Hollywood Galleries.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Circa 16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with turquoise and glass inlay, private collection, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos on http://www.aaoart .

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection, photo on Hollywood Galleries.

Alternatively, he has the vajra sceptre in his right hand and the bell in the other.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara and consort (labelled Samvara), bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Nagel https://www.auction.de .

He may be depicted in embrace with his consort, who holds the same attributes or a flaying knife and a skull cup.

16th century (Tibet?), Vajradhara and consort, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Polyauction as before .