Vajrapani Embroidered Mount with Garuda

Opaque watercolor, gold, and silver on silk | 40.6 x 6.7cm | painting 1600s, embroidery c. 1300

Chöying Dorjé, the Tenth Black Hat Karmapa

Kneeling and holding his left hand in a gesture of reverential greeting, this Buddhist protector holds a stylized thunderbolt called a vajra, for which he is named. His black body is set off by the gold cloud and flames that stand out from t...
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