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Head of a Vajrapani

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Head of a Vajrapani

Creation date: 2nd century
Creation place: Pakistan

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Type: Stone Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by The Asiatic Arts Committee of the Fine Arts Society, 1966.
Accession Number: 1966.186
State/Province: Northwest Frontier Province
Dimensions: 9 1/8 in. x 6 in. x 4 in. (23.18 cm x 15.24 cm x 10.16 cm)


Gump's, San Francisco, California (ca. 1963 - October 20, 1966)

M. Osman, Swat, Pakistan (1963 - )

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (October 20, 1966 - )

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Temple, Palace, Mosque: 2010

A close follower of the Buddha, Vajrapani was depicted in Gandharan art in the guise of the Greco-Roman divinity Herakles, with a beard and a cloth over the head. His devotional energy and spiritual power can be noted in his wide-eyed expression, open mouth, and the tension in the thick curls of hair.
Last Updated: 12/6/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00

Temple, Palace, Mosque: Temple Arts for Sacred Spaces of Southern Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 6/23/2012 - 1/6/2013

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd to 16th Century , 6/16/2014 - 12/14/2014

Arts of South and Southeast Asia 2nd - 6th century The San Diego Museum of Art , 12/20/2014 - 00/00/00

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