About this object

Small brass gilt statue of Vajrasattva, probably from Nepal or by Nawari artists working in Tibet. Vajrasattva represents the joy state of the Buddha Akshobya and belongs to the Diamond Family. He is the purifying aspect of all Buddhas and is used in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He appears in many different forms.

He sits cross-legged in the lotus or meditational position. In his right hand he holds a dorje vertically and his left hand rests on his left leg and holds a bell with the mouth facing upwards. Two-thirds of his hair is pinned up, while the rest falls across his shoulders in plaits. He wears the ornaments of the Boddhisattva. There is a hole in the statue's back that is likely to have held the figure's mirror, which is used to collect the Karma of all sentient beings.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Gilt Metal; Pigment
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Harding
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    130 mm x 88 mm x 67 mm; 5 1/8 in x 3 7/16 in x 2 5/8 in
Object view = Humanities
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