The highly detailed, exquisitely finished deities are adorned with crowns and garlands of skulls and severed human heads. Chakrasamvara holds a thunderbolt and a ghanta (bell) in his crossed hands. Some of his other attributes in his remaining hands include the severed head of Brahma; a kapola (lasso), a damaru (axe), trident, sword, and skull cup.
This technically refined image bears an imperial inscription dating it to the reign of the Yung-lo emperor, who ruled China from 1403 to 1424. During this period the Yung-lo (r. 1403-24) and Hsuan-te (r. 1426-35) emperors sought the services of Tibetan lamas, and during both reigns missions to and from China involved the mutual exchange of gifts, Buddhist images, and ritual objects. There was also a need to provide correct images for use by the court, and these too were supplied by the imperial workshops.