University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: A1114
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Nepalese
Buddhist
Provenience: Nepal
Date Made: 17th Century - 18th Century
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Bronze
Gilding
Technique:Gilt
Iconography:Vajrasattva
Tara
Height: 23.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other NumberGETZ 163 - Other Number

Description

Brass sculpture of eight-armed Vajrasattva with consort. The bodhisattva Vajrasattva is a popular deity in Tantric Buddhism. He holds his two attributes: a vajra in his lowest right hand, and a bell in his lowest left hand. The union of these two objects together symbolizes supreme truth. Gilt bronze with floral halo.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914)View Objects in Exhibition
What In the World TV Program (01 Jan 1959 - 31 Dec 1959)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] White, Joyce C. & Lang, Stephen A. 2008. "The Asian Section". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 96-110. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 102, Fig. 44View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue] Lyons, Elizabeth, et al. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition. : Page/Fig./Plate: 53View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Scott, Alexander. 1914. "The Alexander Scott Collection". The Museum Journal. 5 (2): 55-114. : Page/Fig./Plate: Fig. 36View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 35 No. 13View Objects cited in this Publication

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