Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani with consort

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani Mahachakra with consort, copper alloy and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie's.,

14th century, Tibet, Vajrapani with consort, copper alloy and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This rare sculpture depicts Vajrapani in his Mahacakra form embracing his consort, Mamaki. He has three heads and six arms and wears a tiger skin  dhoti.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrapani Mahachakra+Mamaki, 3 heads 6 arms, tiger skin, Vajrap. in headdress, floral incised dhotis, 44 cm, close up

 

There is an effigy of him (in his more usual form) in his headdress. Their hair is dyed with red pigment. He is adorned with jewellery and snakes and wears a snake knotted over his left shoulder as a sacred cord.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrapani Mahachakra+Mamaki, 3 heads 6 arms, tiger skin, Vajrap. in headdress, floral incised dhotis, 44 cm, trisula

She holds a flaying knife, he holds a vajra and another pronged object  while doing the karana mudra.

14th c., Tibet, Vajrapani Mahachakra+Mamaki, 3 heads 6 arms, tiger skin, Vajrap. in headdress, floral incised dhotis, detail

Her dhoti is incised with a floral motif and topped with a highly ornate  bone apron with pendants that match her anklets, bracelets and armlets.

15th century, Tibet, Vajrapani Mahacakra, copper alloy, at the American Museum of National History.

Undated (possibly 15th century), Tibet (Sino-Tibetan?), Vajrapani Mahacakra, gilt copper alloy, at the American Museum of Natural History.

This later, Chinese-style version depicts him standing on Brahma and Shiva over a Yongle-style lotus base, holding a long snake in his mouth and with two hands. His upper hand holds the vajra, the other raises a finger, his main hands embrace the consort. There is an effigy of himself in his headdress.

Undated, Tibet, Vajrapani Mahacakra, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated (16th-17th century?), Tibet, Vajrapani Mahacakra, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this very different sculpture, their face is painted with cold cold, their hair is dyed with orange pigment, the jewellery and crowns are inlaid with turquoise, his head topped with a half vajra.

Same as before.

Same as before (17th century or later).

 

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