12th century, Nepal, Vairocana, copper with traces of cold gold, photo on Fondation Alain Bordier , at the Tibet Museum in Gruyères (Switzerland).
Vairocana is seated on brocaded cushion atop a throne supported by lions, his hands in the gesture of enlightenment specific to him, adorned with a tripartite foliate crown with rosettes and ribbons, large floral earrings, a short necklace, large armbands, plain bracelets and a beaded belt. He wears a sash across his chest and a long dhoti with a patterned border.
13th century, Nepal, Vairocana, gilt copper with stone inlay, photo on Fondation Alain Bordier as before, at the Tibet Museum in Gruyères (Switzerland).
The same entity seated on a three-legged tool, a design proper to Nepal, adorned with a Malla-style crown, and shin adornments that match his armbands, but only one necklace and no sash or scarf.
13th-14th century, Nepal, Vajrasattva, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Ethereal .
Vajrasattva in his two-hand form, seated in the vajra position, holding an upright vajra sceptre in his right hand and an upturned vajra bell in the other.
15th century, Nepal, Vajrasattva, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Ethereal .
A variant, with the bell held horizontally.
17th-18th century, Nepal, Vajradhara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 9822 lot 154, London.
The addi buddha usually holds a vajra sceptre and a vajra bell in his hands crossed over his heart. The above has a half-vajra finial on his chignon.
17th-18th century, Nepal, Vajradhara, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 14259, Paris.
When not in his hands, his attributes are supported by lotuses placed by his side on the lotus base (missing here).
Circa 16th-17th century, Nepal, labelled ‘Vajradhara and Prajnaparamita’, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 736 China 4.
Vajradhara in embrace with Bhagavani, who holds the same attributes. On this example she sits with only one leg around his waist.
17th century, Nepal, Akshobhya, gilt metal, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum in Mumbai, India, photo Photo Dharma .
Akshobhya is seated on a cushion atop a stepped throne with elephants and a wheel of dharma at the front. The arch behind him is decorated with viyalas, makaras, nagarajas, a garuda, and a parasol at the apex. An upright vajra sceptre is missing from his left hand (unless this is the historical buddha).
17th-18th century, Nepal, Ratnasambhava, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 17598 lot 371.
A Chinese-style Ratnasambhava with a lock of hair on his forehead, displaying a jewel incised in the palm of his right hand. His loosely draped silk garment covers both shoulders and most of the (missing) lotus base.