figure (ritual & belief: representations)

Painted Lamaist sacred clay figure. Figure of Vajrapani in high relief, dancing with right knee bent. The figure has blue skin, an angry face with bared teeth, and a third eye. He carries no attributes in his two hands. The hair and eyebrows are golden, the crown has five skulls. He wears two necklaces, a tiger skin with red sash hanging low at the front, and a flowing green scarf. He sit o n a single lotus throne with green, blue and red petals. Behind is a mandorla or aureole in black with red flames. There is an inscription on the reverse.

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