Tibet, Vajravidarana

11th-12th century, Tibet, Vajravidarana, yellow silt stone, private collection, photo by Christie's.

11th-12th century, Tibet, Vajravidarana, yellow silt stone, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Vajravidarana is a male meditational deity with a bodhisattva appearance very similar to Vajrasattva but he holds a visvajra (double thunderbolt sceptre) in his right hand.

14th-14th c., Tibet or Nepal, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

14th-15th c., Tibet or Nepal, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Undated, Tibet, Vajravidarana, copper alloy with traces of gilding, private collection.

Undated, Tibet, Vajravidarana, copper alloy with traces of gilding, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, Vajravidarana, gilt copper with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on artkhade.com

15th century, Tibet (Xuande/Yongle style), Vajravidarana, gilt copper with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on artkhade.com

On paintings, he is either white  and peaceful, as the four figures above,

14th century, Tibet, Vajravidarana, green form, stone, photo by Hollywood Galleries, published on asianart.com

14th century, Tibet, Vajravidarana, green form, stone, photo by Hollywood Galleries, published on asianart.com.

or green and semi-wrathful –  this one doesn’t look very wrathful but he is definitely green! (Note that his legs are not in the vajra position).

Undated, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, at the American Museum of National History (USA).

Undated, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, at the American Museum of National History (USA).

Here is a semi-wrathful one, with frowning eyebrows.

Undated (16th century circa?), Vajravidarana, blue, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Vajravidarana, blue, private collection, photo by Bonhams, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The third form is blue.

He is standing on two victims, adorned with a skull crown and a garland of severed heads, brandishing the visvajra like a weapon, wearing an animal skin as a loin cloth, snake ornaments and a vajra pendant across his chest.

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He also wears a human hide and an animal skin over his back.

13th-c-tibet-vajravidarana-blue-c-a-private-on-har

Undated (13th c?), same as before.

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