Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani (6)

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper  with stone inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Wrapped in a tiger skin dhoti and standing on snakes, Vajrapani holds a vajra in his right hand and does the tarjani mudra with the other, adorned with stone-inlaid jewellery and a thin scarf.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Canda-Vajrapani, gilt copper with turquoise inlay and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Canda-Vajrapani, gilt copper with turquoise inlay and pigments, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this other richly gilt sculpture, he wears a leopard skin dhoti and has another animal skin over his back, the head dangling under his right arm. There is a buddha in his headdress.

Same as above, copper alloy, Nyingjei Lam collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy, Nyingjei Lam collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this rare piece, he wears a tiger skin dhoti and an elephant hide stretched across his back. His hair is fastened with a snake and topped with a large half vajra. He does the karana mudra upside down with his left hand.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrapani, c.a., elephant hide, half vajra, tiger skin, detail

He wears the 8 snake ornaments. His three eyes are bulging and his upper fangs bite his lower lip. He has no goatee or beard.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrapani, c.a., elephant hide, half vajra, tiger skin, back

What looks like a celestial scarf from the front is a halo fastened to his shoulders.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published by astamangala.com.

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published by astamangala.com.

This small Nepalese-style Vajrapani, wears a  crown and jewellery once inlaid with stones and some unusual earrings (but no snakes or garland). He does the karana mudra with his left hand.

15th century circa, Western Tibet, brass with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

Circa 15th century, Western Tibet, copper alloy with turquoise, lapis lazuli and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This more recent brass figure has no gilding or pigments but his crown and jewellery are decorated with coral, turquoise and lapis lazuli cabochons.

15th c. cir., Western Tibet, Vajrapani Canda, c.a.+turq.+coral+lapis, close up

 

He has snake bracelets and anklets and a long snake unfastened across his chest.

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