Vajrapani Togchags

12th century, Tibet, Vajrapani, brass (copper alloy), at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA).

Vajrapani brandishes a vajra sceptre in his right hand and holds a bell in the other, placed against his hip. He is adorned with snakes and wears a tiger-skin loin cloth. it is not clear what protrudes on each side of him.

12th century, Tibet, Vajrapani togchags, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This interesting collection features two togchags which are almost identical (top and bottom left of photo) and very similar to the previous item except for the absence of a securing rod below him. The top middle figure is a classic version of 13th century circa brass Vajrapani sculptures with a muscly body, his right leg bent, wearing snake anklets, bracelets, necklace and sacred thread, the head of the tiger skin resting over his raised knee. The lower middle figure is in fact Achala, whom we have seen in a previous post. On the top right togchag the bell is clearly visible against his left thigh. The bottom right amulet is a rare portrait of Vajrapani with a bird, possibly a peacock.

 

Achala Togchags

9th-13th century, Tibet, Achala, labelled Vajrapani, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Achala brandishes a sword above his head and holds a lasso wound around his forefinger, his flaming hair standing on his head, a tiger skin worn as a loin cloth.

12th century, Tibet, Achala, labelled Vajrapani, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This one wears a celestial scarf with split ends

12th-13th century, Tibet, Achala, bronze, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA).

Party time: let’s dance!

17th century, Tibet, Citipati, bone, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

17th century, Tibet, Citipati, bone, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

This is most likely a piece from a ritual bone apron used for Cham dance.

17th or 18th century, Tibet, dancing skeleton, human bone, private collection, published on Finch&co.com.

17th or 18th century, Tibet, dancing skeleton, human bone, private collection, published on Finch&co.com.

19th century, Tibet, Chitipati, apron plaque, bone, private collection, published on zenakruzick.com.

19th century, Tibet, Chitipati, apron plaque, bone, private collection, published on zenakruzick.com.

 

Amulet box with Manjushri

Four-armed Manjushri, Tibet, private collection, photo by Koller.

Ga’u with Four-armed Manjushri, Tibet, private collection, photo by Koller.

Manjushri is seated in the vajra position on a couple of mythical creatures, brandishing his sword and holding a manuscript at heart level with his main hands. The other hands hold a bow and an arrow. He is adorned with a five-leaf crown, jewellery and a celestial scarf. His hair is topped with a lotus bud finial.