Pala India, Ratnasambhava

Northeast India, 11th-12th century, Pala Period, buddha Ratnasambhava, gilt copper alloy with pigments, at the Potala, Lhassa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

Northeast India, 11th-12th century, Pala Period, buddha Ratnasambhava, brass with pigments, at the Potala, Lhassa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder

Ratnasambhava (with a diamond in the palm of his hand) is sitting on a stone-inlaid cushion surrounded by lotus flowers (one of them topped with a ghanta or bell with a vajra or thunderbolt finial), on a throne supported by columns and mythical creatures in each corner. The characters below may be his attendants. There is an inscription engraved on the square base holding the throne.

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