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