Tibetan Bronze Statuette of Vajrapani

£ 1,800.00

An elaborate Tibetan Buddhist gilded bronze statuette depicting the bodhisattva, Vajrapani, whose name is derived from vajra (meaning thunderbolt) and pani (meaning hand). The thunderbolt for which he is named is grasped in the figure’s right hand, which appears like a small, double-ended sceptre. The figure’s face displays an emotive expression of anger and he stands in a dynamic pose with arms outstretched. Each foot bears down upon a sprawled figure and he is surrounded by a halo of flames known as an agni prabhavali. The whole figure is mounted atop a large hollow base in the shape of a lotus flower. The base is hollow in order to contain Buddhist relics, which were placed inside before sealing it.

Date: 19th Century AD
Provenance: From the property of a London gentleman; formerly in a UK collection, acquired in the 1990s.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Halo and body detachable from the base. Traces of red pigment visible to the figure's head.


Product Code: CS-36
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This statuette depicts Vajrapani in his wrathful form which he was believed to have taken in order to fight demons and defend the Buddha and the Buddhist texts. One of the oldest bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism, his angry, wrathful form is not viewed as negative but as a representation of the strength with which he acts as a guardian of the Buddhist texts. His name literally means ‘holder of the thunderbolt’, hence the inclusion of a thunderbolt in this depiction. Such statuettes were placed in temples and shrines, as a way to accrue the merit needed for good karma in Buddhist religion.




Dimensions H 17.5 cm



East Asia (Far East)

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