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Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet

Image 14b

These thokcha Vajrapani figures exhibit some of the same specific iconographic traits as the pictograph. This confirms that parallel development in art between the two media of rock art and small object metal casting continued well into the Buddhist period. The two thokcha figures on the left date to the early Buddhist period while the specimen on the right may be somewhat later (circa 1500?).

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