Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava (2)

16th century, Western Tibet, buddha Ratnasambhava, bronze with cold gold, pigments and stone inlay, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland)

16th century, Western Tibet, buddha Ratnasambhava, bronze with cold gold, pigments, coral and stone inlay, at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel (Switzerland).

Ratnasambhava is sitting on a double lotus base with beading on the lower and upper edge. The tail of his dhoti is arranged in a fan shape in front of him. He has a ratna or jewel incised in the palm of his right hand and his holding a flaming jewel in the other. His face has been painted with cold gold and there is some  lapis lazuli powder in his hair. The shape of the raised urna on his forehead is normally associated with Nepalese works. The middle panel of his elaborate foliate crown is noticeably bigger and taller than the other two. It is attached with ribbons adorned with rosettes, the ribbons are flying upwards in a V shape that matches the shape of the sacred thread on his chest. There is a flowing  scarf forming a circular shape behind him, like a sort of frame, then resting on the inside of his arms at elbow level and going  downwards against his thighs. This type of arrangement is often seen on West Tibetan sculptures of sitting buddhas or bodhisattvas dating from the 13th- 14th and sometimes on later pieces, as is the case here.

16th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy with copper and stone inlay, cold gold, private collection

16th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy with copper and stone inlay, cold gold, private collection.

On this one, the scarf or ribbon is secured to the body with small metal pieces and it sticks to the elbows. His sacred thread, the hem of his dhoti and part of his jewellery are inlaid with copper. His crown is made of five small panels and it is attached with a plainer sort of ribbon.

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