Tibet, Vairocana – Vajradhatu

Of the five dyani buddhas, Vairocana is the only one who may have more than one head. In his Vajrashekhara form he has four heads and eight hands but usually appears on paintings.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Christie's.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with stone inlay, photo by Christie’s.

In his Vajradhatu form he has four heads and two or eight hands.

16th century, Tibet, buddha Vairocana, gilt bronze with silver plated face and turquoise inlay, private collection

16th century, Tibet, buddha Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with silver plated face and turquoise inlay, photo by Koller.

He always has a bodhisattva appearance and sits in the vajra position.

16th century, Tibet, buddha Vairocana, brass, private collection

16th century, Tibet, buddha Vairocana, brass, private collection

Both hands are held in the meditation gesture.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigment, at the Musée Guimet (Paris).

16th-17th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay and pigment, at the Musée Guimet (Paris).

The above figure holds an upright vajra with the tip of his thumbs.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, at Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, photo on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, at Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, photo on Himalayan Art Resources.

The hair from the four heads is gathered in a bunch topped with an ornament (half vajra  or flaming jewel).

18th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

18th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy, photo by Hollywood Gallery.

The above seems to be holding a disc hat matches his earrings.

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