Tibet, peaceful Vajrapani – standing (3)

16th century circa, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

16th century circa, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Vajrapani holds a flywhisk in his left hand and the stem of a lotus supporting a vajra in the other. He has a squarish face, a Nepalese-style rectangular urna, bodhisattva jewellery, a low crown and a celestial scarf that forms a frame behind him. His long lower garment is held in place with a belt.

Undated (12th-13th century?), Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy?, at the Museum der Kulturen, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (12th-13th century?), Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy?, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is a late Pala-style version of the bodhisattva, his tall chignon topped with a finial, his low crown adorned with large bows that stick out on the sides, dressed in a long dhoti, adorned with jewellery and a thin celestial scarf, holding his usual attributes.

Undated (11th-12th century?), Tibet, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (11th-12th century?), Tibet, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Almost certainly from Western Tibet, this Kashmiri-style sculpture with silver-inlaid eyes depicts Vajrapani holding an upright vajra at heart level with his right hand and a bell against his hip with the left hand. He is adorned with princely jewellery, a thick garland of flowers typical of the Guge Kingdom and wears a richly incised dhoti, longer on one side, and a sacred cord across his chest.

 

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