Buddhist Art and Porcelains from Private Collections
Tibetan Gilt Bronze Vajrapani, Ming or Earlier
A Chinese or Tibetan gilt bronze statue of Nilambadhara Vajrapani dating from the era of the Ming dynasty or earlier. He stands in alidhasana or combat pose on top of two human victims lying on a double lotus pedestal. His face is wrathfulwith fangs and a third eye. In his right hand he holds a vajra scepter and in his left hand, a vajra bell. He wears a tiger skin dhoti and snakes around his ankles, chest, and crown, which is inset with glass imitating precious stones. Hewears a necklace inset with red glass, earrings, and a scarf which floats behind him in the shape of an omega. The bottom of the statue has a vajra cross. Dimensions are: 5 inches tall X 3 1/2 inches wide, 12.7 cm X 8.9 cm. Weight: 550 grams.All measurements are approximate.