• Indian and Southeast Asian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2195

    Indian and Southeast Asian Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 780

    A gilt bronze figure of Vairocana

    TIBET, CIRCA 1500

    Price Realised  

    A gilt bronze figure of Vairocana
    Tibet, circa 1500
    Seated on a double-lotus throne and holding a flaming chakra, wearing a patterned dhoti with pendant jewels secured by a similar belt, adorned with various jewelry and heavy earrings, each of the four faces surmounted by an elaborate tiara
    8 in. (20.3 cm.) high


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    Vairocana is considered the representation of the universal Buddha Shakyamuni, a living personification of all the historical Buddhas throughout time. While he is often shown in dharmachakramudra, symbolizing his close identification with the teaching Buddha, the present example is more unusual in that he holds a flaming chakra, conveying the same idea.

    Provenance

    Acquired in New York before 1971


    Exhibited

    On loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, from 1971-2009 (L71.5.1)