Bhutan, Padmasambhava

18th century, Bhutan, Padmasambhava, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA)

18th century, Bhutan, Padmasambhava, richly gilt copper alloy with turquoise and coral inlay, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA)

Padmasambhava is holding a thunderbolt in one hand and a skull cup with a lid in the other. He wears a hat topped with a half thunderbolt (which was itself topped with a vulture’s feather) and holds a ritual staff against his left arm. The large flat overlapping petals of the double lotus base are typical of Bhutanese works.

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