This sculpture shows vajadhara in his tantric aspect in embrace with his consort, Shakti, in a position of sexual union known as or Father-Mother, or Yab-Yum in Tibetan and Maithuna in Sanscrit. Vajradhara represents the primordial Buddha, the one power which creates itself with no beginning and end. This depiction represents a fundamental concept of Buddhism, the union of the male and female, compassion with wisdom, this marriage leading to enlightment. Vajradhara is seated in a meditation pose wearing a crown on his head. He holds a Vajra, or thunderbolt in his right hand representing the male aspect of skillful means and method. In his left hand, he holds a Ghanta, or bell representing the female aspect of supreme wisdom. The two together symbolize the unison of the male and female aspects which lead to freedom and enlightenment. Shakti holds a ritual Kartika, a curved knife in her right hand symbolizing the severance of ignorance and all material and worldly things. In her left hand she holds a Kapala, a skull cup used in tantric rituals for offering sacrificial meat or blood to protective deities.