Bhurkumkuta
Tibet
16th century
Bronze
15.4 cm (6 in)
Provenanace
Laurent & Dominique Solomon Private Collection, Singapore
Exhibited
Publications

Bhurkumkuta is a wrathful form of Vajrapani who is specifically employed in the eradication of sickness and disease. The deity arises from the Krodha Bhurkumkuta Raja Stotra Mantra text written in the Sanskrit language and then later translated into Tibetan, Chinese, Manchu and other languages. Bhurkumkuta is associated with the removal of sickness of an individual person, though there are other deities that are associated with specific diseases that might be appealed to in those instances. The deity has four commonly known forms, three of which are distinguished by their colour: smoky, blue-black and green, and the fourth form is female.

Here the figure assumes a powerful stance in pratyalidha, holding his six arms out to his side. Five hands hold ritual objects, such as Vajra sticks and Vajra bells, while one hand forms a wrathful gesture. His three faces all have three eyes and their fanged mouths are opened in anferocious manner. He wears a tiger skin, tied just below his slightly swollen abdomen, and snakes wrap around his neck, legs and arms to form necklaces and jewellery. Bhurkumkuta stands atop a double lotus platform with a beaded pattern.

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