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Vajrapani with Consort, 16th century

Tibet, 1500-1599
Bronze and copper alloy with pigment
7 x 6-5/8 in. (17.8 x 16.8 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1977.22.1.S
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

Not on view

Vajrapani, a destroyer of obstacles, embraces his consort in the yab-yum, or “father-mother” posture. They trample two prone figures that represent ignorance. As the holder of the thunderbolt, or vajra, Vajrapani symbolizes the power of compassion and the concentrated power of all buddhas combined.


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