Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Vajrapani (Bodhisattva & Buddhist Deity) - Krodha (Wrathful)

ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ། 金刚手菩萨
(item no. 12987)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Jonang (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Wrathful

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Vajrapani, Krodha (Tibetan: chag na dor je. English: the Vajra Holder, Wrathful): wrathful meditational deity, representing the power of all Buddhas.

At the top center is Kalachakra. On the left side is Padmasambhava and Hayagriva Heruka 'Very Secret'. On the right side are Vajrakila and a Jonang teacher wearing monastic attire.

At the bottom center is an assortment of various wealth deities. At the right and left sides are the Eight Great Naga Kings.

The painting style is from the Dzamtang region of Eastern Tibet, the present day Sichuan province of China.

Jeff Watt 9-2015

Front of Painting
English Translation of Inscription: [Tibetan name inscriptions for some of the figures].

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Tradition: Jonang Main Page
Collection of Parrish Art Museum
Buddhist Deity: Vajrapani Main Page
Collection: Sotheby's New York (Painting. September, 2015)