Large Gilt-Bronze Vajrasattva
Large Gilt-Bronze Vajrasattva. Gilt bronze group of Vajrachatuhpitha with three heads and six arms holding in vajrahumkara two vajra, the bell, axe, arrow and snake, sitting in vajrasana in yab yum with its parèdre on a lion on the lotus in front of the flaming mandorla.
A Rare Gilt-Bronze Group of Vajrasattva in Union with Vajramamani
Nepal, 17th – 18th century
Height 27 cm.
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Almost 30 cm. in height, this large, gilt-bronze figure of a Vajrasattva in Union with Vajramamani was made some time between the 17th and 18th centuries by the renowned Newar artisans of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
Auction result comparison: For a closely related of Vajrasattva from Nepal , sharing the near identical detail features but smaller (diam.: 19 cm) and letter 19th century see, Bonham’s Hong Kong, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art 26 November 2019, , lot numbers15 sold for HK$ 150,625 (€ 16,490)
Provenance: Old and important French private collection, Paris, France
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Vajrasatva (Sanskrit: वज्रसत्त्, Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ། Dorje Sempa, short form is རྡོར་སེམས། Dorsem, Монгол: Доржсэмбэ) is a bodhisattva in the Mahayana, Mantrayana/Vajrayana Buddhist traditions. In the Japanese Vajrayana school of Buddhism, Shingon, Vajrasatva is the esoteric aspect of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra and is commonly associated with the student practitioner who through the master’s teachings, attains an ever-enriching subtle and rarefied grounding in their esoteric practice. In Tibetan Buddhism Vajrasatva is associated with the sambhogakāya and purification practice.
Vajrasatva appears principally in two Buddhists texts: the Mahavairocana Sutra and the Vajrasekhara Sutra. In the Diamond Realm Mandala, Vajrasatva sits to the East near Akshobhya Buddha.
In some esoteric lineages, Nagarjuna was said to have met Vajrasatva in an iron tower in South India, and was taught tantra, thus transmitting the esoteric teachings to more historical figures.
His Mantra is Oṃ Vajrasatva Hūṃ