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Bodhisattva Vajrapani
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Bodhisattva Vajrapani

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Description 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."
Provenance John and Berthe Ford, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2002, by gift.
Credit Gift of John and Berthe Ford, 2002

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brass, wood
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6 3/4 in. (17.15 cm)
  • Tibet (Place of Origin)
  • Himalayas (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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