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A bronze figure of Vajradhara
Property from the Collection of Dr. Detlef I. Lauf
A bronze figure of Vajradhara


A bronze figure of Vajradhara
Tibet, 15th century
Seated in dhyanasana on a double-lotus base with beaded rims and an extensive inscription all around, his hands holding a vajra and bell, wearing a flowing dhoti and scarf incised with floral motifs on hems, beaded jewelry inlaid with hardstones, the face flanked by large earrings and with cold gold remaining
7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm.) high
Private Collection, Switzerland, acquired in 1971
D. Lauf, Tibetan Sacred Art: The Heritage of Tantra, 1976, p. 104, fig. no. 41

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Lot Essay

The inscription says this sculpture was commissioned by the monk Lodro Zangpo in memory of his mother and father. For a closely related example with similar treatment of the base and hand of the inscription, see P. Pal, Tibet, Tradition and Change, 1997, p. 49, pl. 24.

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