Vajradhara holds the vajra in his right hand and the bell in his left. Hishands are crossed at the wrists, a gesture symbolizing highest energy andthe union of compassion and wisdom necessary to reach enlightenment.
This image perfectly exemplifies the mystical nature of Vajradhara. Thetall, graceful body with its fittingly introspective demeanor seemstransmuted beyond the mundane. The tall, slender proportions of the torsogive the work an ethereal appearance. His lithe and powerful form has agraceful sway.
Lipton, Barbara, and Nima Dorjee Ragnubs. Treasures of Tibetan Art:Collections of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art: New York, OxfordUniversity Press, 1996.
Rhie, Marylin M., and Robert A.F. Thurman. Wisdom and Compassion: The SacredArt of Tibet: London, Thames and Hudson, 1996.