About this object

Large brass statue of Vajrasana. He is seated in meditational pose with right hand, palm down, shown in earth-witnessing or bhumisparsha mudra. Left hand is empty, but there is a hole that shows he did hold a bowl or vessel. Buddha's robe with details of the patchwork incised, pleats folded over the legs, and draped over the knees, there is a dorje placed in front of him. Hair has been left without gilt and painted thickly in blue, which is still present, also has pigment on lips and on the eyes and a small jewel is still present in between the eyes. He sits on a double lotus pedestal or throne. Base still has cover and incised with double dorje and contents are still in place.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Gilt Metal; Pigment; Agate
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Frederick Marshman Bailey
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1904 - 1928
  • Measurements
    350 mm x 233 mm x 161 mm; 13 3/4 in x 9 3/16 in x 6 5/16 in
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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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