Rarely seen in sculpture, this form of Vajrapani with one head, two hands and two legs normally has a horse’s head in his headdress to represent Hayagriva and a full-bodied garuda. He wields a five-prong vajra sceptre with the right hand and does a wrathful gesture with the other. His flaming hair is tied in a bunch with a snake and more snakes adorn his body. Here he is clad in a tight-fitting tiger skin engraved in the manner of the Ngari district sculptures, and appears to stand on nagas.
A creative work by the 10th karmapa, showing Vajrapani with a human face, squatting over a couple of victims who have been interpreted by Bonhams as garudas, on a rocky pedestal with two kneeling figures at the front.
He holds a vajra sceptre in his right hand and a mongoose in the other (normally associated with Jambhala).
One would expect to see a bell in his left hand, but on this other work ,where he is an attendant to Ushnishavijaya, he also holds a vajra sceptre and a mongoose.
In his mahacakra form he has three heads (sometimes four) and six hands (sometimes eight), the lower ones clutching a very long snake held between his teeth. He may be alone or with his consort and usually stands with both legs crushing two victims.
Vajrapani in the Nilambara form, with one head with three eyes, two hands, in which he holds vajra sceptre and bell, two legs normally treading on a single victim lying on snakes. He is adorned with snake anklets and bracelets, bone jewellery, a garuda in his headdress and another two on his chest. As, according to textual sources, this form has no skull crown or garland of several heads the artist has adorned him a flowing celestial scarf and a crown made of floral panels.
In his chanda form, the left hand holds a lasso and does a wrathful gesture, usually with two fingers raised (karana mudra) to ward off evil, in this case with just the forefinger raised as a threatening gesture (tarjani mudra). Traditionally, he stands on a victim lying on a bed of serpents. Apart from the usual wrathful ornaments, this late example includes a cross-belt with skulls and a lion skin stretched across his back.