Tibet, Vairocana (2)

13th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, brass, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century circa, Tibet, Vairocana, brass, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

In his one-head + two-hand form Vairocana/Vairochana usually holds his hands in a gesture that is proper to him (see the page on ‘Hand Gestures’ in the left-hand column of this blog). The above has cold gold and pigments on his face, lapis lazuli powder in his hair. He is adorned with princely jewellery including armbands with a Kirtimukha design.

Undated (13th century circa?), Tibet, Vairocana, at the Beijing Museum

Undated (13th century circa?), Tibet, Vairocana, at the Tibetan Museum in Beijing (China).

On rare occasions he is standing.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Late 15th century, Tibet, Vairocana, gilt copper alloy with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

This is Vajradhatu, a four-head + two-hand form of this dhyani buddha who holds a wheel of dharma (cakra) in his cupped hands.

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The hair of the four heads is joined together in a tall chignon topped with a flaming jewel finial.

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi (India).

Undated, Tibet, Vairocana, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi (India).

Like all other dhyani buddhas, he may also have a buddha appearance, in which case he usually displays the ‘turning the wheel of dharma’ gesture.

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