Peaceful and Wrathful Vajrapani in Arts

Peaceful and Wrathful Vajrapani in Arts

is one of ’s first . He is the ’s defender and adviser, and he rose to represent the Buddha’s might.

Vajrapani was one of the three protection deities who surrounded the Buddha in imagery. Manjusri (the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ ), (the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ ), and Vajrapani (the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ power) each represent one of the Buddha’s virtues.

Vajrapani is also one of the early and one of the few venerated in the Shaolin ’s original , , and even Buddhism (where he is known as ). Vajrapani manifests as defenders known as in numerous around .

Wrathful Vajrapani Thangkas

is shown as a wild dancer surrounded by flames, which symbolize metamorphosis.

In his right hand, he holds a (thunderbolt), emphasizing the ability to cut through the darkness of delusion. Vajrapani appears enraged, but as a symbol of the , he is absolutely devoid of .

Vajrapani’s is merely his name, which means “wielder of the thunderbolt,” with the mystical phrases and Hm enclosed between them.

This mantra allows us to tap into the unstoppable energy that Vajrapani represents. Of course, prior of Vajrapani is beneficial, while the mantra’s sound is energizing in and of itself.

The Mantra oṃ vajrapāṇi hūṃ phaṭ is associated with Vajrapani. His Seed Syllable is hūṃ

14th Century Vajrapani Thangka

This is from the . The origin of this is between 1400 – 1499. Vajrapani s from and lineage.

The size of this thangka is 43.82×41.28cm (17.25×16.25in). The material used to make this thangka is Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on . Vajrapani is Blue in color with one face and two hands.

His right-hand holds aloft in the golden vajra scepter. His left-hand holds a vajra-handled and embraces the consort who is also blue with one face and two hands.

Name Vajrapani
Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1400 – 1499
Lineage Nyingma and Kagyu
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Size 43.82×41.28cm (17.25×16.25in)
Classification Deity
Collection Rubin of

17th Century Bhutadamara Vajrapani Thangka

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this thangka is Tibet between 1700 – 1799. Vajrapani s from Buddhist lineage.

The size of this thangka is 69.22×46.36cm (27.25×18.25in). The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton. Vajrapani is Blue in color with one face and two hands.

His right-hand holds aloft in the golden vajra scepter. His left-hand holds a vajra-handled bell and embraces the consort who is also blue with one face and two hands. He is wrathful in appearance.

Name Bhutadamara Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1700 – 1799
Lineage Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Size 69.22×46.36cm (27.25×18.25in)
Classification Deity
Appearance Wrathful
Gender Male
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

16th Century Vajrapani Tibetan Thangka

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the Shelley & Donald Rubin. The origin of this thangka is Tibet between 1600 – 1699. Vajrapani s from the Nyingma lineage.

The size of this thangka is 93.98×66.04cm (37x26in). The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1600 – 1699
Lineage Nyingma
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton.
Size 93.98×66.04cm (37x26in)
Classification Deity
Collection Shelley & Donald Rubin

Vajrapani Traditional Thangka

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the private collection. The origin of this thangka is Tibet between 1700 – 1799. Vajrapani s from the Nyingma, , and Buddhist lineage.

Vajrapani is wrathful in appearance. The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1700 – 1799
Lineage Nyingma, Gelug, and Buddhist
Appearance Wrathful
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

Vajrapani Ritual Statue

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the private collection. The origin of this thangka is Tibet between 1700 – 1799. Vajrapani s from the  () and Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. He is wrathful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1700 – 1799
Lineage Jonang (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Size Wrathful
Gender Male
Classification Deity
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

Tibetan Vajrapani Thangka

This Vajrapani Thangka is from a private collection. The material used to make this thangka is Black Background.

Name Vajrapani
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Material Black Background
Collection Private

Buddhist Vajrapani Thangka

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the Shechen Archives – photographs. The origin of this thangka is Eastern Tibet. Vajrapani s from the Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. At the top right corner of the Vajrapani, there is .

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Eastern Tibet
Lineage Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Collection Shechen Archives – photographs

Peaceful Vajrapani Thangkas

can be seated in a number of positions or standing with straight legs or a slight bend in the with one leg slightly forward or to the side.

In his right hand, he wields a vajra scepter, or a vajra is supported by a flower bloom over his right shoulder.

Vajrapani’s particular attribute is the vajra. It is also the most important distinguishing feature in recognizing Vajrapani.

Holds a bell in the left hand, which is sometimes supported over a flower over the left shoulder. Because the bell is not a mandatory element of Vajrapani, it is not always shown.

18th Century Thangka of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this thangka is Eastern Tibet between 1800 – 1899. Vajrapani s from the (Kagyu) and Uncertain lineage.

The size of this thangka is 79.38×52.07cm (31.25×20.50in). The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Eastern Tibet
Date Range 1800 – 1899
Lineage Karma (Kagyu) and Uncertain
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Size 79.38×52.07cm (31.25×20.50in)
Classification Deity
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

Vajrapani Buddhist Thangka

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this thangka is Tibet between 1800 – 1899. Vajrapani s from the Buddhist lineage.

The size of this thangka is 81.28×57.15cm (32×22.50in). The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1800 – 1899
Lineage Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Size 81.28×57.15cm (32×22.50in)
Classification Deity
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

17th Century Thangka of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani Thangka is from the Private Collection. The origin of this thangka is  between 1700 – 1799. Vajrapani s from the Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this thangka is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Vajrapani is golden in color which is probably the choice of the or the . In a guise, Vajrapani is often painted green or blue, but there are no iconographic rules for depicting figures of the Mahayana .

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin China
Date Range 1700 – 1799
Lineage Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Collection Private

Mandalas of Vajrapani

14th Century Vajrapani Mandala

This Vajrapani  is from the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this mandala is Tibet between 1400 – 1499. Vajrapani s from the Sakya and (Sakya) lineage.

The material used to make this mandala is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1400 – 1499
Lineage Sakya and Ngor (Sakya)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

14th Century Mandala of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani mandala is from the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this mandala is Tibet between 1400 – 1499. Vajrapani s from the Uncertain lineage.

The size of this mandala is 44.45×34.29cm (17.50×13.50in). The material used to make this mandala is Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1400 – 1499
Lineage Uncertain
Size 44.45×34.29cm (17.50×13.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

Vajrapani Tibetan Mandala

This Vajrapani mandala is from the Rubin Museum of Art. The origin of this mandala is Western Tibet between 1400 – 1499. Vajrapani s from the Sakya lineage.

The size of this mandala is 38.10×43.82cm (15×17.25in). The material used to make this mandala is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Western Tibet
Date Range 1400 – 1499
Lineage Sakya
Size 38.10×43.82cm (15×17.25in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Rubin Museum of Art

15th Century Mandala of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani mandala is from a private collection. The origin of this mandala is Tibet between 1500 – 1599. Vajrapani s from the Sakya, Ngor (Sakya), and Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this mandala is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1500 – 1599
Lineage Sakya, Ngor (Sakya), and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

17th Century Mandala of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani mandala is from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The origin of this mandala is Tibet between 1700 – 1799. Vajrapani s from the Sakya and Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this mandala is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Tibet
Date Range 1700 – 1799
Lineage Sakya and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

18th Century Mandala of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani mandala is from the  Museum of Fine Arts. The origin of this mandala is  Mongolia between 1400 – 1499. Vajrapani s from the Gelug lineage.

The material used to make this mandala is Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin Mongolia
Date Range 1800 – 1899
Lineage Gelug
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Classification Deity
Collection Zanabazar Museum of Fine Arts

Vajrapani Buddhist Mandala

This Vajrapani mandala is from a private collection. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Vajrapani Ritual Mandala

This Vajrapani mandala is from a private collection. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Tibetan Vajrapani Mandala

This Vajrapani mandala is from a private collection. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance. The origin of this mandala is  between 1960 -. Vajrapani s from the Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this mandala is Ground: .

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin India
Date Range 1960 –
Lineage Buddhist
Material Ground: Paper
Classification Deity
Collection Private

Buddhist Vajrapani Mandala

This Vajrapani mandala is from a private collection. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance. The origin of this mandala is  India between 1960 -. Vajrapani s from the Buddhist lineage.

The material used to make this mandala is Ground: Paper. He is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Origin India
Date Range 1960 –
Lineage Buddhist
Material Ground: Paper
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Statues of Vajrapani

Vajrapani Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Tibet
Chinese Name 任何中心人物
Tibetan Name དབུས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བརྙན་གང་རུང་།
Lineage Buddhist
Collection Private

Vajrapani Tibetan Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. Vajrapani is peaceful in appearance. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage. He is peaceful in appearance.

The material used to make this statue is Metal, Mercuric Gild.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Material Metal, Mercuric Gild
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Vajrapani Buddhist Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. The origin of this statue is Tibet. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Origin Tibet
Classification Deity
Collection Private

Vajrapani Traditional Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. The origin of this statue is Tibet. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Origin Tibet
Classification Deity
Collection Private

13th Century Statue of Vajrapani

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. The origin of this statue is Tibet between 1300-1399. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

He is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Date Range 1300-1399
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Vajrapani Ritual Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. The origin of this statue is Tibet. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

He is peaceful in appearance. The material used to make this statue is Metal.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Origin Tibet
Material Metal
Classification Deity
Collection Private

Tibetan Vajrapani Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage. He is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Buddhist Vajrapani Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage. He is peaceful in appearance.

Name Vajrapani
Tibetan Name ཕྱག་ན་རྡོ་རྗེ།
Chinese Name 金刚手菩萨
Lineage Buddhist
Classification Deity
Appearance Peaceful
Gender Male
Collection Private

Traditional Vajrapani Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Tibet
Chinese Name 任何中心人物
Tibetan Name དབུས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བརྙན་གང་རུང་།
Lineage Buddhist
Collection Private

Ritual Vajrapani Statue

This Vajrapani Statue is from a private collection. Vajrapani is from a Buddhist lineage.

Name Tibet
Chinese Name 任何中心人物
Tibetan Name དབུས་ཀྱི་སྣང་བརྙན་གང་རུང་།
Lineage Buddhist
Collection Private

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