Tibet, Vajrabhairava and consort

15th century, Tibet, Vajrabhairava and consort, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collections.

15th century, Tibet, Vajrabhairava and consort, gilt copper alloy inlaid with turquoise, pigments, private collection.

This meditational deity is the wrathful form of bodhisattva Manjushri, whose head is at the top. Vajrabhairava is depicted here with his consort Vajravetali. The central buffalo head is adorned with a skull crown. The hands hold various symbols such as a thunderbolt, elephant goad, chopper, skullcup etc. They traditionally wear a ceremonial bone apron and stand on animals and gods with the right leg and on birds and gods with the left leg. Most metal sculptures of Vajrabhairava are fairly recent, i.e. 17th century onwards, but the shape of the lotus petals on the base of this one corresponds to an earlier, 15th century Nepalese style.

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