12th century, Tibet, brass, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (USA).
9th-13th century, Tibet, private collection, photo by Bonhams.
Garudas, known as khyung in Tibet, usually hold a long snake between their hands and through their beak. The hands may be held at chest level…
Undated, same as before.
… or the arms may be spread above shoulder level.
This one looks like a winged bull rather than a garuda.
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.
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).
8th-9th century, Tibet, ‘togchag’ (amulet) representing horses, was used as a buckle, at the Ashmolean Museum (UK)
8e-9e siècle, Tibet, amulette représentant des chevaux, utilisée comme boucle de ceinturon, se trouve à l’Ashmolean Museum (Royaume-Uni)
11th century, Tibet, ‘togchag’ (amulet) representing a garuda. This mythical creature which holds a snake across its mouth is known as ‘khyung’ in Tibet. At the Ashmolean Museum (UK)
11e siècle, Tibet, togchag représentant un garuda. Cette créature mythique, qui tient un serpent dans sa gueule, est connue sous le nom de khyung au Tibet. Se trouve à l’Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Royaume-Uni).