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A Sino Tibetan figure of Adibuddha Vajradhara, 15/16th century.

15 000 - 20 000 SEK
1 340 - 1 790 EUR
1 420 - 1 900 USD
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320 000 SEK
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Cecilia Nordström
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
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A Sino Tibetan figure of Adibuddha Vajradhara, 15/16th century.

Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base, his hands crossed in front of his chest holding vajra (thunderbolt) and ghanta (handbell), wearing a dhoti, sash and beaded jewelry, his face with raised urna and his hair pulled into a high chignon secured by a foliate crown. Cold gilt. Height 12 cm.

Base plaque replaced. Wear.


Property of a private Swedish Collector.


Compare with British Museum inventory number 1979,0514.1.

More information

From the 11th century onward, the New (Sarma) Schools identify Vajradhara as the primordial Buddha (Adi Buddha): the inner form of Shakyamuni, and progenitor of the Vajrayana Buddhist system. He occupies the first rank in the Buddhist pantheon, and typically features as the first teacher of a tantric lineage. From him emanate the five Dhyani Buddhas, the purification deity Vajrasattva, and meditation deities including Chakrasamvara.

He represents the highest state of enlightenment, its abstract perfection, the sum of all Buddhist teachings. Sculptures of Vajradhara therefore serve as secondary representations, reminding practitioners of the deity's otherwise formless essence, which is beyond human comprehension.

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