18th century gilt bronze Tibetan image of Vajrasattva. This figure of Vajrasattva is seated on a lotus throne. On the front of the throne there is a lotus that grows forward and supports the left leg. Both hands are carrying the ends of lotus stems or flowers. There is one flower on either side of the figure's shoulders. The flower on the right side has a vajra coming out from it. The vajra is a device for concentration in meditation. It is a device that is seen by practitioners of Buddhism as an amplifier of the power in meditation and control in focus. This figure wears the tiara with 5 rising spokes representing the 5 wisdom Buddhas or Dyani Buddhas. The face of the figure has a third eye, expressing the esoteric understanding of the sutras of enlightenment. Text known as the diamond sutra is the basic source for the origination of Vajrasattva. Vajrasattva represents purity. It is a purity that is a kind of synthesis of elements in Tibetan Buddhism, especially as expressed in the 5 basic colors. The Vajrasattva often has an iconography of whiteness which represents the unity of all colors and all diversity. It is a very handsome figure. The lotus base still has the fabric prayer in it that was placed when the figure was consecrated at the temple. There would have been another lotus form under the present base on which the figure stood. That has been lost and it now is standing on a lacquer finished wooden base.
Age: 18th Century
Size: f6.25 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches including stand
Media: Gilt Bronze