Mandala of Vajrapani in Esoteric Form. Central Tibet. 1400s.
Vajrapani, “he who holds the thunderbolt sceptre,” appears at the center of this mandala in one of his many esoteric forms. The three-faced, four-armed god holds his thunderbolt sceptre and the bell, while other hands grasp the body of a serpent—held firm between his teeth and trampled beneath his feet. His red hair is gathered like a helmet of molded flames, further adorned with a serpent. Still another delicate serpent winds about his neck.