Tibetan Gilded Bronze
Tibet, Circa: 19th Century
H 6 in.(15.5cm),
W 4.5 in.(11.5cm), D
Condition: minor abrasion, o.a. very good!
name Vajrasattva can be translated as Diamond Mind or Thunderbolt Mind. He is
the esoteric aspect of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, and is associated with the
sambhogakaya and purification practice, which is an essential course in
Tibetan Buddhist meditation and rituals. The Vajrasattva mantra: OM VAJRASATTVA
HUM is regarded as having the ability to purify negative karma, create right actions
and bring forth tranquility.
This is a rare depiction of Vajrasattva in gilt bronze. The youthful face
and nearly naked body is adorned with intricately chased jewelry, earrings, necklaces
and armband bracelets. The slightly tilt of the deity’s head along with the lifelike
gestures of the hands are in accord to tradition. He is holding two large lotus
flowers, and upon which where the vajra and bell are seated. Here in his downward
gaze and gentle smile, we are given the sense that the deity has cut through all
obstacles, completed the Tantric ritual of purification and is in a state of perfection.
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