Origin: Tibet. Circa: early 19th Century
H 8.9 in.(22.5cm), W 6.7 in.(17cm), D 4.5 in.(11.5cm)
Condition: very good
antique bronze statue is a classic rendition of the Tibetan tantric Buddha Vajrasattva.
Vajrasattva is the buddha of purification. He is also the esoteric form of Samantabhdra
the quintessence of all the Buddhas. Here Vajrasattva holds the vajra and the
bell, symbols of the unification of the male and female elements in Tantric union.
The detail on this bronze is exemplary, the proportions deeply harmonious. This
Buddha’s countenance communicates youth and a translucent calm. The warm patina
is well polished indeed nearly glowing. To understand this statue is to gaze upon
it from various angles and admire the unexpected details. Etched at the base of
the lotus is the mantra om, mani padme hum. This is an exceptional Tibetan bronze
both in its artistry and the lucid depiction of this quintessential Buddha. (SD)