Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva, Tibet, 13th century © Rubin Museum of Art

At first glance this sculpture appears to represent the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who has a lotus as his symbol. However, closer inspection reveals that the figure once held a vajra upright between two fingers of his right hand. A break on the lotus further indicates that there was once a bell attached to it. These subtle details reveal that this is in fact Vajrasattva.

Vajrasattva, Tibet, 13th century © Rubin Museum of Art



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  1. Very good catch. I enjoyed spending time with a Tibetan group of Vajrayana for several years. I miss them, there aren’t any Vajrayana traditions practicing in an organized group here.

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