Tibet, Vajradhara – alone (17)

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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Tibet, Vajradhara – alone (16)

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.

 

Tibet, Vajradhara – alone (15)

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.

Tibet, Vajradhara

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 .

 

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Circa 14th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams https://www.bonhams.com.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Nagel https://www.auction.de.

Vajradhara in his one-head and two-hand form, crossing his hands over his heart, his attributes placed on lotuses fastened to his arms.

15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara (labelled Vairochana), gilt bronze (copper alloy) with traces of pigment, private collection, photo by Castor Hara

15th-16th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze+turq., 23,9 cm, Paris Sotheby's

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s

When the vajra sceptre and the bell are supported by lotuses, his hands normally do the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture (on the second image the lotus supporting the vajra sceptre is broken).

14th-15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Kapoor Galleries

15th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze+stones, 22,5 cm, London Sotheby's

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

15th-16th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze+pig., 34 cm, Xuande style?, Sotheby's

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s

Alternatively, he holds the attributes in his hands.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This sculpture is thought to have been made in the Tsang province of Tibet, famous for its workshops. Some produced many masterpieces made of brass inlaid with copper and silver, others produced gilt copper alloy statues inlaid with a large quantity of turquoise and coral, all of them with characteristic Tibetan facial features and a Yongle-style lotus base. The above is made of gilt copper alloy and has silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips – an unusual combination.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with cold gold, pigments and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel

 

Tibet, Vajradhara alone – (13)

16th c. cir., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze+stones, 15,3 cm, inscr. on rim, Sotheby's

Circa 16th century Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stones, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

16th c. cir., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze+stones, 15,3 cm, inscr. on rim, shawl, rear, Sotheby's

Circa 16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, rear view.

This buddha has a three-tier chignon topped with a half-vajra finial. He wears a silk shawl with a lotus motif and an embroidered hem, even the back of his necklace and belt are inlaid with turquoise. The rim of the lotus base is decorated with a chased floral patter except at the back, where an inscription in Tibetan can be seen.

16th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze, 20,3 cm, Sotheby's

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

The personal touch of the artist is expressed here through the loops of the celestial scarf shaped like sprouting lotuses.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, brass with turquoise and paint, private collection, photo by Bonham’s.

On this Chinese-style sculpture with voluminous drapin, red paint has been used for the ribbon and side bows of the crown.

16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, brass, private collection, photo by Navin Kumar.

15th-16th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt c.a., 21,6 cm, Sotheby's

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze with stones, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

16th-17th c., Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze, 15,5 cm, Sotheby's

16th-17th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy with traces of gilding), private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Note the long strands of individually shaped curls that come half way down the forearm of this dynamic figure.

18th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Galerie Zacke.