Tibet, Vajrabhairava alone

Undated, Tibet, Vajrabhairava Ekavira, at the Beijing Museum.

Undated, Tibet, Vajrabhairava Ekavira, at the Beijing Museum.

Although this meditational deity is often paired with his consort, Vajravetali, he can also be depicted in his normal form (9 heads, 34 hands, 16 legs) alone (Vajrabhairava Ekavira).

15th century, Tibet, Vajrabhairava Heruka, copper alloy with silver, turquoise and coral, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Vajrabhairava Heruka, copper alloy with silver, turquoise and coral, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

In his Sahaja Heruka form, Vajrabhairava only has one (buffalo) head and stands on a bull rather than on two victims.

Either forms are rare among sculptures.

 

 

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