Tibet, Vairocana – bodhisattva appearance

12th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, Indian school, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, Indian school, gilt copper, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy, Pritzker collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy, Pritzker collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

In his normal bodhisattva appearance, Vairocana has one head and two hands, which he may hold in a gesture specific to him, whereby the left hand is closed except for the foreginger, which is wrapped by the right hand.

14th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt metal, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt metal, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, photo by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, private collection, on Himalayan Art Resources.

or he may be doing the dharmacakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma), of which there are several variants.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

On rare occasions, he is shown standing.

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