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Copper gilt figure of Vajradhara or Dorje Chang. Seated in yogic or meditational pose with soles of feet facing upwards. Both hands crossed at breast holding stems of lotus, which rise behind his shoulders and in turn hold a thunderbolt (dorje) and a bell. He wears the jewellery and five-jewelled crown of the Bodhisattva. Traces of blue pigment to hair. Figure decorated with turquoise coloured glass.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    13th - 14th Century
  • Materials
    Glass; Alloy Copper; Gilt Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 13 January 1913
  • Measurements
    85 mm x 56 mm x 36 mm; 3 3/8 in x 2 3/16 in x 1 7/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 34:
    Per Barmiak Lama 13th January 1913. Copper gilt image. 31/2 inches high including pedestal of Dorje Chang. This image is a very old one (i.e Chö-gyel li-ma alias Ser-sang Nying-ba) of the time of King Song Tsen, Gem-pa or a little later; i.e 1000 to 1200 years old. Dorje Chang is as a rule represented as holding a Dorje in his right hand and a bell in his left, but here for the sake of adornment, a lotus is held in each hand, the Dorje resting on one and the bell on the other. The dorje gives him the power to raise up sinners and do all kinds of good; the bell gives him the knowledge how to exercise that power.

    Curator's note: Note on index card suggests 18th-19th century, but appears to resemble Nepal's Khasa Kingdom statues of 13th - 14th century.

    Written by Emma Martin
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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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