Western Tibet, Vajrakila

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Vajrakila, copper alloy, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Vajrakila, leaded brass and pigment, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Vajrakila, a semi-wrathful deity or Heruka, has three faces, each with three eyes and bared fangs, and six hands, two of them holding a knife with a triangular blade or kila (now missing) at heart level, the other right hands holding thunderbolts or vajras and the left ones holding tridents (now missing). He is adorned with snakes, a garland of 50 freshly severed heads, a tiger skin lower garment (held in place with a cloth belt in the West Tibetan fashion) and has wrathful deities in his headdress. He is standing on two corpses.

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