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Vajrasattva. Seated figure of the Dhyani Buddha Vajrasattva carved in a dark-grey sandstone; he holds a bell in one hand and would have held a vajra in the hand that is missing. The mandorla carries two stupas and is edged with vajra emblems and flames; three fierce lions in the throne which carries an inscription; face battered.
- Found/Acquired: India (East)
- (Asia,South Asia,India)
- Height: 1.84 metres
Inscription ScriptNāgarī (early)
Inscription CommentBuddhist creed and a mantra.
Purchased by John Bridge at the Stuart sale at Christie's in June, 1830. The collection was given to the British Museum in 1872 by Mrs John Bridge and his nieces, Miss Fanny Bridge and Mrs Edgar Baker, on the death that year of George Bridge, brother of John Bridge.
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Object reference number: RRI809
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