About this object

Vajradhara or Dorje Chang represents the Primordial Buddha – the supreme essence of all Buddhas and source of the five Buddha families. He has his hands crossed at his heart, holding a bell and vajra. Together they symbolise the union of wisdom and compassion - an essential combination for those who wish to attain enlightenment. His crown and ornaments are fitted with a number of turquiose settings. The base is still sealed and incised with a double dorje.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    15th Century
  • Materials
    Bronze; Metal Gilt; Pigment; Turquoise
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    V B Holland
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    123 mm x 78 mm x 58 mm
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Owner); V B Holland ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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