Tibet, wrathful Vajrapani (11)

Same as before, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Adorned with snakes and jewellery, this canda Vajrapani has the effigy of a buddha in his mitre-like chignon. The left hand displays the gesture to ward off evil and holds a folded lasso. He treads on two victims.

15th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.

A similar form of the deity holding a thunderbolt sceptre and a lasso, adorned with serpents and beaded jewellery and treading on twisted nagas. The undersized head and oversized sceptre may be due to the fact that parts were often cast separately.

Same as before, photo by Christie’s.

This one wears an incised celestial scarf and garland of freshly severed heads. He stands on snakes (nagas) over an incised base over a single lotus.

16th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The above wears his tiger skin loin cloth loosely knotted at the front, the head of the animal seemingly devouring his right knee. There is a vajra finial on his chignon.

18th century,, Tibet, Vajrapani, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, at the British Museum in London (UK).




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