About this object

A wooden figure of Vajasattva, seated in a meditation pose. The raised right hand is missing, but the lowered left hand holds the vajra or dorje. The figure and the surrounding triple mandorla or halo are painted and decorated with gold that has been lacquered.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    18th Century - 19th Century
  • Materials
    Metal Gilt; Wood; Lacquer
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    Laurence Austine Waddell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Not recorded
  • Measurements
    151 mm x 89 mm x 49 mm; 5 15/16 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Although this is not part of the same set as Waddell's arhat figures it is likely that this figure was also collected either en-route to or in Lhasa. This figure seems to come from the same set as 53.87.149.
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( Previous owner); Laurence Austine Waddell ( Collector)

Explore related


  • Mission to Lhasa 1903-1904

    Start date: 1903
    End date: 1903
    Description: The British Mission to Tibet during 1903 and 1904 was an invasion of southern Tibet by British Indian forces on the pretence of negotiating trade relations between Tibet and British India. However, this was instigated primarily in the hope of preventing the Russian Empire from interfering in Tibetan affairs and thus gaining a base in one of the buffer states surrounding British India. The expedition was led by Colonel (later Sir) Francis Younghusband. It had a damaging effect on the British reputation, many Tibetans were killed and monasteries and houses were looted and/or destroyed along the way. The 13th Dalai Lama feld Lhasa before the arrival of the expedition and Younghusband negotiated, a soon to be repelled, convention with the Tibetan government or Kashag in Lhasa that was signed in the Potala on 7 Septmber 1904.


Previous owners

  • Abbey Art Centre

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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