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Vajradhara Buddha Seated Holding a Thunderbolt (Vajra) and Bell (Ghanta)

A work made of silver and semiprecious stones.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silver and semiprecious stones.

Date:

15th century

Artist:

Tibet
Southern Tibet

About this artwork

This silver figure, though adorned like a bodhisattva, is more likely the Buddha Vajradhara. It probably served as the center of a three-dimensional mandala. The Buddha sits in the meditation posture while holding a vajra (thunderbolt) and bell in a gesture known as vajrahumkara (the adamantine sound). Certain sects of Himalayan Buddhism consider Vajradhara the creator and supreme power. He is the originator of the Five Transcendental Buddhas and embodies shunyata (voidness).

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Title

Vajradhara Buddha Seated Holding a Thunderbolt (Vajra) and Bell (Ghanta)

Origin

Southern Tibet

Date

1401–1500

Medium

Silver and semiprecious stones

Dimensions

16.5 × 10 × 7.6 cm (6 1/2 × 3 15/16 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf

Reference Number

2014.1031

Extended information about this artwork

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