Budhist Antique bronze figure of Vajrapani

£1,350

Three-piece Antique Bronze figure of Vajrapani: Vajrapāni is extensively represented in Buddhist iconography as one of the earliest three protective deities or bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha’s virtues: Manjushri manifests all the Buddhas’ wisdom, Avalokiteśvara manifests all the Buddhas’ immense compassion, and Vajrapāni protects Buddha and manifests all the Buddhas’ power [1] as well as the power of all five tathāgatas (Buddhahood of the rank of Buddha).

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Three-piece Antique Bronze figure of Vajrapani: Vajrapāni is extensively represented in Buddhist iconography as one of the earliest three protective deities or bodhisattvas surrounding the Buddha. Each of them symbolizes one of the Buddha’s virtues: Manjushri manifests all the Buddhas’ wisdom, Avalokiteśvara manifests all the Buddhas’ immense compassion, and Vajrapāni protects Buddha and manifests all the Buddhas’ power [1] as well as the power of all five tathāgatas (Buddhahood of the rank of Buddha).

Vajrapani is an important bodhisattva who embodies the spiritual power of all the Buddhas. Enlightened aeons ago, Vajrapani is said to have incarnated as one of Buddha Shakyamuni’s primary disciples.

He is one of the earliest Dharmapalas of Mahayana Buddhism and also appears as a deity in the Pali Canon of the Theravada school. He is worshipped in the Shaolin Monastery, in Tibetan Buddhism and in Pure Land Buddhism(where he is known as Mahasthamaprapta and forms a triad with Amitābha and Avalokiteśvara).

Manifestations of Vajrapāni can also be found in many Buddhist temples in China, Taiwan and Japan as Dharma protectors guarding monastery and temple gates. Vajrapāni is also associated with Acala, where he is serenaded as the holder of the vajra. Height 28 cms

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