The Claude de Marteau Collection, Part II / STATUETTE DE VAJRADHARA EN ALLIAGE DE CUIVRE DORÉ TIBET, XVIE SIÈCLE
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A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF VAJRADHARA
TIBET, 16TH CENTURY
西藏 十六世紀 銅鎏金金剛總持像
With Claude de Marteau, Brussels, by 1970s
Vajradhara crosses his arms in vajrahumkara mudra, symbolizing the union of female wisdom and male compassion necessary for the dissolution of the self into the emptiness that is Vajrayana Buddhism's ultimate reality. Because such a state of existence is beyond description and therefore, imperceptible to the naked eye, Vajradhara is shown here in his, 'enjoyment form' (sambhogakaya), replete with sumptuous clothing and elaborate gemstone garlands.
A lavish scarf hangs over the Adi Buddha's forearms, which cleverly transitions into a pair of jeweled flowers rising up to his shoulders and a vajra finial surmounting his hair enclosed by a halo of flames. Also distinctive is a net-woven apron with floral embellishments gently falling over Vajradhara's feet and lower garment, relating to two other Vajradhara images with similarly modelled flora, crowns, and peaceful appearance (HAR 204088 & 11507).