Tibet, Vajradaka (2)

16th century circa, Vajradhaka, Tibet, bronze, photo by Christie's.

Circa 16th ,Vajradaka, Tibet, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Vajradaka is always depicted with a thunderbolt or vajra and a bell, usually crossed over his heart. He has one head  adorned with a skull crown, three eyes, a gaping mouth, and always looks up (to let the smoke out). He may be standing, sitting or squatting. The base is often missing but the above sculpture  is complete with its hollow base designed to burn black sesame seeds for rituals. He wears a garland of fifty freshly severed heads, a cross belt, a tiger skin loin cloth and bone ornaments. He stands on a circular platform, the rim engraved with vajras, over a receptacle (the burner) decorated with a vajra and supported by a square plinth with a crescent moon topped with a vajra finial at each corner.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhaka, bronze, private collection

17th century, Tibet, Vajradhaka, bronze, private collection, on arcimboldo.cz

17th c., Tibet, Vajradaka, c.a., arcimboldo, back


17th century, Tibet, Vajradhaka, brass, private collection.

17th century, Tibet, Vajradaka, brass, Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Vajradaka, Tibet, 17th c., brass, rearview

18th century, Tibeto-Chinese, Vajradhaka,

18th century, Tibeto-Chinese, Vajradaka, copper alloy, photo by Bonhams.

On this sculpture his celestial scarf and the ribbons of his crown are going upwards in a snake-like design to suit the Chinese taste.

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