Silver plated figure of Vajrapani - Tibet / Nepal - 19th century - 25 cm high

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Silver plated figure of Vajrapani - Tibet / Nepal - 19th century - 25 cm high
Very good condition, see description

A Tibetan or Nepali silver plated figure of Vajrapani, standing in pratyalidhasana position on a brass and copper lotus throne.

This Vajrapani is standing in a typical pratyalidhasana position holding a vajra in his right hand and a noose in the left. His face with wrathful features. He is wearing an elaborately decorated crown and a vajra on his head, has extensive jewellery in his ears and around his neck, his ankles and his arms. He has a tiger-skin around the waist with its paws on his ankles, a cobra (naga) around his neck and a scarf around the shoulders. He also has traces of blue pigment in his hair.

The base comprises of an openworked brass lotus throne on a copper bottom with a vishvajra.

Vajrapāni is composed of the Sanskrit words 'Vajra' which means "thunderbolt or diamond" and 'pāni' which means "in the hand". He is the protector and guide of the Buddha and is the manifestation of all the Buddha's power.

Height: ca. 25 cm including base.

In good condition, see images. One leaf on the right side of the lotus is slightly damaged.

Provanance:
- Sotheby's Amsterdam sale 538 (16th Oct 1990), lot 381, with image;
- Private collection, the Netherlands

The catalogue of the above sale will be included.





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