Vajrapani Figure Tantric Buddhist Deity Mongolia 19th Century
|Size||28cm x 18cm|
This beautifully carved wood figure of Vajrapani Figure a tantric Buddhist Deity from Mongolia. Dated from the late 19th Century.
Vajrapani represents the power aspect of complete enlightenment, and known as Guhyapati (Tibetan: sang wa’i dag po), he is the ‘Lord of Secrets’ – the keeper of all the tantra’s of Vajrayana Buddhism. As a Bodhisattva, like Manjushri and Avalokiteshvara, he dwells on the 10th Bodhisattva level just prior to attaining complete buddhahood. In actuality all three were completely enlightened aeons ago and only appear, for the sake of training others, in the guise of Bodhisattva.
Vajrapani is common to all Schools of Tibetan Buddhism and has numerous forms and practices which span all sets of tantric classification and levels of complexity from a solitary aspect up to the large and complex mandalas with many deities.
Vajrapani, appears dark blue in colour with one face and two hands, appears in the form of a raksha (from classical Indian mythology) with three large staring eyes, a gaping mouth with bared canine teeth and orange beard, eyebrows and hair flowing upward like flame. The body is squat, large and fleshy. Adorned with a crown of five skulls with red pendants and gold earrings, bone necklace and bracelets, anklets, and a large green snake, he wears a long green scarf and a lower garment of tiger skin tied with a green sash. With the right leg bent and the left extended above a sun disc and multi-coloured lotus Vajrapani stands in the middle of the blazing fire of pristine awareness. P
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection Buddhist Art
Exhibited & Published: The Art of Compassion: Buddhist Art from The Todd Barlin Collection 2018 Page 30 Whole A4 Page