14th-15th century (previously dated 14th century by a different gallery), Tibet, Vajrasattva (Vajradhara), gilt copper alloy with stone and coral inlay, photo by Mandarin Auction Co Ltd.
This superb work depicts Vajradhara without his consort, his hands crossed over his heart and holding his attributes, vajra and ghanta, his chignon topped with a vajra finial.
He is adorned with delicate jewellery inlaid with tiny pieces of turquoise and coral (a sign that the sculpture was made for a Tibetan patron), including ear adornments typical of the Nepalese Malla period. Another detail pointing to a Newar artist are the rings on his fingers.
His lower garment is richly incised with a floral motif and medallions.
15th century, Western Tibet, Guge style, Vajradhara, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).
This honey-coloured (high copper content) sculpture combines elements characteristic of the former Tibetan Guge kingdom (facial features and crown, cruciform navel) with others typical of a large group of sculptures made according to Chinese fashion (shawl over the shoulders, lower garment gathered loosely and covering most of the lotus base) and a distinct Tibetan preference for non gilt metal.
15th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.
15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajradhara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (USA).