13303. Sino Tibetan Gilt Bronze Vajrapani
Circa 19th Century AD or earlier
An impressive image, he is dressed in a tiger skin, wearing a crown, snake garlands and large ring-shaped ear pendants. In the right carries a vajra, in the left a chain. He stands on a separately worked lotus base, in the background also a separately worked flame aureole. Vajrapa?i (Sanskrit: Vajra in [his] hand) is one of the earliest-appearing bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha's power. Size 13 inches (32.8cm) Height. Intact. Ex Bavarian Private Collection.