Vajradaka, top part

18th century, Tibet, Vajradaka, brass with turquoise inlay, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Top part of a ritual black sesame seed burner, depicting the head of Vajradaka with his mouth wide open for the smoke to come out. See more about this deity on Himalayan Buddhist Art (himalayanbuddhistart.wordpress.com), right hand side, Tibet> wrathful deities and on the Himalayan Art Resources website.

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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.