Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani (4)

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

11th-12th century, Western Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Vajrapani stands on a single-lotus base with with incised petals, holding a vajra in his right hand at head level, his left index raised in tarjani mudra. He wears a tiger skin loin cloth and is adorned with snakes, large round earrings and a low tiara, no skull crown or garland of severed heads.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

According to the tradition, he is adorned with 8 snakes (nagas). The above has one around his waist.

Same as before, brass, private collection, published on asianart.com.

Same as before, brass, private collection, published on asianart.com.

He sometimes wears one to fasten his hair.

13th century, Central Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

13th century, Central Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

This is a slightly different Vajrapani, with a leopard skin loin cloth held in place with a belt, the ends of which drop to the base in a zig-zag shape that matches the ends of his scarf. There is an effigy of a buddha in his headdress.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt metal, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt metal, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This is a rare sculpture of Wrathful Vajrapani seated. He holds an upright vajra in his right hand.

13th c., Tibet, Vajrapani Krodha, 3 eyes, tiger skin, gilt metal, 15,50 cm, close up

He wears a three-leaf crown with side bows similar to the previous one,  large hoops, incised jewellery,

13th c., Tibet, Vajrapani Krodha, 3 eyes, tiger skin, gilt metal, 15,50 cm, ghanta in left hand

a tiger skin dhoti, bone bracelets and anklets, and holds a ghanta (bell) in his left hand.

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Same as before, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This wrathful Vajrapani treads on two victims over a double-lotus base.

13th c., Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt metal, 21 cm, head

He has a very wrathful face with bared fangs, an Indian style chignon capped with a lotus flower.

13th c., Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt metal, 21 cm, gTsug, close up, on HAR

He is adorned with snake jewellery, a skull crown, a garland of skulls (rather than freshly severed heads) and wears a tiger skin dhoti (the head of the animal resting over his right knee as if devouring it).

 

 

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