Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani (5)

13th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy with pigments, private collection.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy with pigments, private collection.

Vajrapani stands on snakes over a single-lotus base, wielding a vajra in his right hand and raising the index finger of his other hand (tarjani mudra), a tiger skin wrapped around his hips, the head of the animal resting over his right knee, adorned with snakes, a skull crown, an effigy of a buddha in his headdress.

14th century, Central Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy with copper and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Central Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy with copper and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th c., Central Tibet, Vajrapani, c.a.+cold g.+cop.+stone inlay, Tsang province, 20,20 cm, garuda on base

This unusual sculpture includes a garuda devouring snakes below him. Vajrapani’s head is topped with a half vajra.

14th c., Central Tibet, Vajrapani, c.a.+cold g.+cop.+stone inlay, Tsang province, 20,20 cm, close up

His face is painted with cold gold, his floral necklace is made of copper and inlaid with turquoise, like his armbands.

same as before, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

same as before, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

We see him here with vajra and ghanta (diamond thunderbolt and bell), adorned with a skull crown, large hoops, snakes and a large geometrical necklace, wearing a short tiger skin dhoti.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel.

On this other version, he holds his left hand in the karana mudra.  He is adorned with a skull crown, floral jewellery, snakes and a discreet scarf.

 

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