Vajradhara is the celestial progenitor of the Kagyu order and of mahamudra practice. Observing traditional iconographic descriptions for the deity, he holds the bell and dorje, symbols of wisdom and compassion. Vajradhara is richly adorned, with a crown, elaborate pendant necklace, earrings which consist of large lotus discs, and a flowing scarf which drapes the shoulders, looping at the elbow and falling to the lotus throne. His eyes are held in a compassionate gaze. The body sways elegantly to the right and the legs are drawn into an adamantine posture. The full lower garment is drawn across the legs and over the lotus seat, the hem finely engraved with floral borders.