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The Miniature Paintings of Mongolian Buddhism:
Tsaklis, Thangkas and Burhany Zurags
by Stevan Davies
Professor of Religious Studies, Misericordia University
Vajrapani (Sanscrit), Ochirwaan (Mongolian)
This representation emphasizes Vajrapani’s great weight and substance. Unlike most of his icons (e.g. Figure 27) Vajrapani here wears the skull-crown of the wrathful protectors, with whom he is often classified (perhaps mistakenly) rather than the more appropriate jewel crown of a bodhisattva, in which category he belongs.