Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani (3)

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, brass and pigment, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

15th-16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, brass and pigment, at the Pacific Asia Museum (USA).

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze with pigment, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze with pigment, private collection.

These two statues of wrathful Vajrapani depict him with a lotus on the front panel of his crown and his left arm at a right angle, fist outward. On the first sculpture, he wears a richly incised tiger skin dhoti, and another tiger skin across his back, the head of the animal showing against his right hip and the tail over his left shoulder.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze, photo by Christie's.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze, photo by Christie’s.

Above, the deity holds his left arm horizontally, his index and thumb pointing towards the viewer. The arch behind him is finely incised with flames. He stands on a tall Pala-style lotus base.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, brass, photo by Christie's.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, brass, photo by Christie’s.

On the above sculpture, his left arm and fist are extended sideways. On the one below, the left arm is in a similar position, index pointing out. The lotus base rests on an Indian-style pedestal with a thunderbolt or vajra at the front.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

 

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