Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Indra (Indian God)

ལྷའི་རྒྱལ་པོ། ཧིན་དྷུ་ལྷ། 因陀拉(印度教神)
(item no. 30113)
Origin Location Nepal
Lineages Hindu and Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Indra and Indrani. Indra is also known by the name Shakra in early Buddhist sutras. Indra is related to the gods Zeus, Jupiter, and the Tantric deity Hevajra.

Identification: the God Indra, in a relaxed seated posture, is identified by the lotus flower blossom next to the left shoulder with a vajra scepter above, a unique crown - fan shaped, and a third eye on the forehead. The eye is typically in a horizontal position. Buddhist deities with a third eye have it in a sideways turned position.

Indra can sometimes be confused with the figures of Manjushri, Maitreya, Vajrapani and Avalokiteshvara who can also be found depicted in a similar seated posture but without the very broad fan shaped crown.

Jeff Watt 2-2014

Secondary Images
Related Items
Thematic Sets
Indian Deity: Indra (Shakra) Masterworks
Collection of WGA
Indian Deity: Indra (Shakra) Main Page
Indian Deity: Indra Iconography