Tibet, Indian scholar Atisha

17th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy, published by Rossi.

17th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy, published by Rossi.

The tantric master is depicted with his pointed lama hat and a richly incised robe, sitting on a single-lotus base over an incised throne supported by scrolled vegetation, and flanked by lotuses. A certain Chinese influence can be seen in the elaborate throne, the floral patterns and the folds of the cloth.

15th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy with pigments, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century circa, Tibet, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This much earlier representation shows him wearing a plain garment and sitting on a typically Tibetan double-lotus base. His faces has been painted with cold gold and pigments as can be appreciated from the close-up below, which also enhances the realistic fingers and nails.

Atisha, Tibet, 15th c. cir., c.a.+ cold gold, close up

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