Tibet, Humkara (2)

Humkara/Vajrahumkara is a one-head or three-head variant of Trailokyavijaya (who has 4 heads).

16th century, Tibet, Humkara, bronze, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources

This figure bites his lower lip with his upper fangs and wears a tiger skin loin cloth, bone and snake ornaments, including a long snake used as a sacred thread and another used as a girdle. He holds a vajra sceptre and a triratna in his upper hands, a sword and a lotus flower in the middle hands, a vajra sceptre and a bell in his remaining hands, which are not crossed at the wrist as one would expect.

Undated (19th century?), Tibet, Humkara, bronze, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (USA).

He normally has a human appearance but on this late example he has a yaksha appearance, with flaming hair, and holds his main attributes in his upper hands.  He has a hook (elephant goad) and a lasso in the middle ones and the main ones do a symbolical gesture.

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