Tibet, peaceful Vajrapani standing (2)

11th-12th century., Western Tibet, Vajrapani, brass+sil.inlay+paint, 69,3 cm, Guimet

11th-12th century., Western Tibet, Vajrapani, brass with silver inlay and paint, at Musée Guimet, Paris (France).

Peaceful Vajrapani holds an upright vajra in his right hand and vajra-handled bell in the other against his hip. He is adorned with a tall Kashmir-style crown decorated with Indian-style bows and rosettes, a garland of flowers typical of Western Tibet and Ladakh, some princely jewellery. He has Kashmiri facial features, including silver-inlaid eyes, an oval face with a small chin and a small pointed nose. As on many West Tibetan sculptures of the 12th century circa, his lower garment is longer on one side and decorated with incisions and red pigment. It is knotted around the waist and held in place with a belt. He has a lobed abdomen in the Kashmiri fashion, but unlike the Kashmiri works from which it is inspired, his chest and waist are particularly underdeveloped. On the other hand, the head is broader and the crown and chignon larger than on their Kashmiri counterparts.

11th-12th c., Western Tibet, Vajrapani, brass, face and crown

His crown is made of crescent moons and double thunderbolt sceptres (visvajras)

12th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This Vajrapani is richly gilt and wears a sash across the hips in the Nepalese fashion.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this (Nepalese) Malla-style example, there is a vajra on a lotus flower attached to his left elbow and another in his right hand. The sculpture is richly gilt and decorated with turquoise inlay. His long lower garment is incised with a floral motif.

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