A small silver figure of Vajradhara Qing dynasty, Qianlong six-character mark
Lot 300
A small silver figure of Vajradhara Qing dynasty, Qianlong six-character mark
HK$ 40,000 - 60,000
US$ 5,200 - 7,700
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A small silver figure of Vajradhara
Qing dynasty, Qianlong six-character mark
Seated with both feet crossed and hands with palms together in prayer, the facial expression serene and deep in contemplation flanked by a pair of earrings, adorning an elaborate headress decorated with beaded jewelleries and draperies resting on the shoulders and over the arms, the bottom rear with incised six-character mark.
4.9cm high.

Footnotes

  • 清 銀金剛持佛像

    This silver modelled figure of Vajradhara, the Primordial Buddha, was thought to be worshipped by Buddhists at the Indian monastery of Nalanda around the 10th century. The Primordial Buddha is also called the Adibuddha and is discussed in Pratapaditya Pal's A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan, Southeast Asian Art, 1997, p.306.

    Seated in meditation posture, his hands are pressed together in the Anjali mudra, symbolising reverence and offering.

    It is unusual to find a Buddha of this size attributed to the Qing dynasty. A comparison can be made with the larger silver Primordial Buddha Vajradhara from southern Tibet, 15th century, illustrated in the aforementioned publication, p.306, pl.152.
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