Tibetan Bronze Vajrasattva
Tibetan Gilt Bronze Statue
Circa: 19th century
14.75 in.(37.5cm), W 9.5 in.(24cm), D 5.5 in.(14cm)
Condition: very good!
large antique Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification, a representation of the
transformative Diamond Essence. From 19th century Tibet, stylistically of Chinese
influence, this traditional depiction of Vajrasattva is a rare find. The Buddha
Vajrasattva is seated in full lotus posture, its formal symmetry is lightly offset
by a left leaning lilt. The statue is well-cast with painted blue hair, cold gold
on the lower garment, and in contrast a smooth gilded gold shine on the figure,
he is adorned with coral and turquoise stones, though a few inlays are now missing.
In his right hand palm upward against the chest, he is holding the vajra that
representing the way of the masculine, and in his left a ghanha (bell) representing
the feminine wisdom. The Vajrasattva statue is consecrated and sealed with a large
vishvavajra etched into the copper base plate. With only minor abrasions from
handling through the ages, the statue is in very good condition.