Description This Buddhist deity holds a bell, symbolic of wisdom, and a flaming wheel, symbolic of the Buddhist teachings. His crown, which terminates in a "vajra"—the multipronged ritual scepter of the tantric Buddhist traditions—resembles the type of headdress worn by Nepali images of the deity Vajrasattva. Identified as both a primordial Buddha and a bodhisattva, Vajrasattva often plays a role in purification rituals. However, since Vajrasattva holds a vajra and bell, the identity of this wheel-bearing deity remains uncertain.
- Desire and Devotion: Art from India, Nepal, and Tibet in the John and Berthe Ford Collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 2001-2003.
Provenance William H. Wolf, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore, 1972, by purchase.
Credit Promised gift of John and Berthe Ford
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