Tibet, a late Hayagriva

17th-18th century, Tibet, wrathful god (protector) Hayagriva, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection

17th-18th century, Tibet, wrathful god (protector) Hayagriva, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection

Hayagriva, the three-headed deity with flaming hair, skulls and a horse’s head in his headdress, holds a vajra (thunderbolt) in one hand. The crossbelt design, with  various sections spanning from a central wheel,  is often found on late Tibetan works and also on Sino-Tibetan sculptures (made by Chinese artists in Tibet)  of the same period.

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