The Bodhisattva Vajrasattva

India, Kashmir

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 237

The Esoteric Buddhist deity Vajrasattva holds a stylized thunderbolt and a bell and sits in royal ease on a stylized mountain, with his pendant foot supported by a lotus bloom. Two snake deities, a naga and nagini, emerge from the mountain’s waters and raise their hands in veneration of Vajrasattva’s transcendent wisdom.

The Bodhisattva Vajrasattva, Brass with silver inlay, India, Kashmir

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