Tibet, Vajrahumkara

Vajrahumkara, Tibet, 11-12th century, copper with cold gold and red pigment, 31 cm, private collection.


Vajrahumkara, Tibet, 12th century, copper alloy and cold gold, private collection

This deity normally has one head with three eyes, bared fangs, yellow flaming hair, and two empty hands, crossed over his chest at wrist level, palm outwards, in the humkara mudra which is a gesture of strength. The first picture above shows him with four hands, two as described and two holding a thunderbolt and a manuscript respectively. The next one depicts him with the other two hands on each side of his mouth.





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