Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani (9)

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

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

Standing on snakes, Canda Vajrapani wields a vajra in his right hand  and does the tarjani mudra with the other. He wears an animal skin (tiger or leopard) round his hips, snake ornaments and a low crown. His celestial scarf forms a frame around him.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, photo by Gallerie Petillon.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, copper alloy, photo by Gallerie Petillon.

The above wears another animal skin on his back and is adorned with a festooned bone belt and a Chinese-style cross belt.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani. gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani. gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this later work, he is adorned with a garland of severed heads and stands on two victims.

Same as before.

Same as before.

Tiger skins worn as loin cloths are often knotted around the waist with the paws of the animal dangling at the front and with the head resting over the right knee as if devouring it.

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