Nepal, Vajrapani – Licchavi period

8th-9th century, Nepal, Licchavi period, Vajrapani, copper alloy with cold gold on face, private collection

8th-9th century (or later copy?), Nepal, Thakuri period, Vajrapani, copper alloy with traces of cold gold, private collection

Vajrapani can easily be identified here, with a vajra (thunderbolt) in his left hand and Kirtimukha (mythical creature also known as the Face of Glory) in his crown. The oval halo attached at shoulder level, the tall three-leaf crown and this type of open lotus-flower base are typical of the transitional period between the Licchavi and the Thakuri period, as well as the sobriety of the jewellery and the well-proportioned body. The statues are usually made of a dark copper alloy, sometimes covered with cold gold.

The bend at the top of the halo probably signifies a naga hood.


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