Religious Figure / Vajrasattva

DP Temp 3816.41


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.