16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt bronze (with red paint), private collection, photo by Waddingtons https://www.waddingtons.ca/auction/asian-art-auction-jun-14-2018/gallery/lot/495/.
It is most unusual for wrathful Vajrapani to be shown in an ithyphallic form, yet the vajra sceptre in his right hand and the twisted snakes below his feet identify him. His left hand would have held a lasso wound around his raised forefinger. He wears a tight-fitting tiger skin loin cloth and is adorned with snakes, a small tiara and earplugs.
He sometimes holds his left arm almost at a right angle with the forefinger pointing sideways. We saw another two Tibetan sculptures with the same hairstyle and accessories, also dated 13th century.
This masterpiece depicts him with a tall crown secured with rods such as we have seen on many wisdom buddhas from Tibet dated 14th century (see below for example).
His eyes, fingernails, armbands and part of his celestial scarf (decorated with a stippled lotus pattern) are inlaid with copper, some of his accessories are decorated with a chased geometrical design, his third eye and the foliate ornament above the armbands are inlaid with coral.
Undated, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt metal, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources https://www.himalayanart.org/items/10374.
The large half-vajra finial on his head is a recurrent feature on 15th and 16th century Tibetan works .
Circa 17th century, Tibet, Vajrapani (labelled ‘tantric divinity’, gilt bronze), photo by Nagel https://www.auction.de/catalogues/epaper-104-China-2/index.html#92