17th century, Tibet, (labelled ‘Bhurkumkuta’), gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Hardt
This statue is almost identical to one of an unidentified three-headed deity with six arms seen here. Unlike Bhurkumkuta, both of them hold a vajra in the top right hand instead of a visvajra. The above holds a wheel and a jewel in his remaining right hands, a stick or knife in the lower left hand.
This figure with a friendly yaksha appearance holds a visvajra in his left hand and a vase of longevity in the other (Vajravidarana normally holds a visvajra in his right hand and has a bell in the other, although this photo could be the wrong way round). He wears a tiger skin loin cloth and has a third eye. The half-kneeling and half-crouching pose suggests he may an attendant.
A one-head and six-arm deity with a vajra sceptre and bell in his main hands crossed over his heart, a visvajra and another attribute in his middle hands, a flaming jewel in each of this top hands. He has a human appearance with a semi-wrathful face, with three eyes and wears princely jewellery, a long stripy dhoti held in place with a heavy belt and a sash decorated with a chased floral pattern.
Unlike naga kings, who have a princely appearance, this character with seven-naga hood has a friendly yaksha appearance, like Jambhala and Kubera, but not their attributes. He holds a snake in his left hand and his right hand is just placed over his raised knee.
18th century, Tibet, labelled ‘dharmapala’, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo on Aguttes 2019
Few wrathful male deities may have three heads and eight hands and none of them quite correspond to the above figure. He holds a vajra sceptre and a skull cup in his main hands placed around his consort, the other attributes are missing.