(India, Nepal, and Tibet)
The bodhisattva Vajrapani, whose name means "Holder of the Vajra," embodies enlightened activity and the power of all Buddhas. The "vajra," a multipronged Buddhist ritual scepter, is associated with the indestructibility and brilliance of the enlightened mind. Here, Vajrapani holds the vajra in his right hand, while holding a bell in his left. Flanking him are two stepped stupas: sacred reliquary mounds that contain the presence of the Buddha. The lions below are also associated with the Buddha, who is sometimes called "lion among men."
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John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
(Place of Origin)
Himalayas (Place of Origin)
6 3/4 in. (17.15 cm)
Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002
Location in Museum
Not on view
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