Tibet, Kshitigarbha

14th century, Tibet, Kshitigarbha, gilt copper with cold gold and pigment, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th century, Tibet, Kshitigarbha, gilt copper with cold gold and pigment, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Sculptures of Kshitigarbha, the protector of children and pregnant women, are rare in Tibet and usually form part of a set of eight bodhisattvas. The above sculpture depicts him in bodhisattva attire with a flaming pearl supported by a lotus at right shoulder level and what may be a fruit or seed on the other lotus. His left hand is doing the vitarka mudra.

17th century, Tibet, Kshitigarbha, gilt copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

17th century, Tibet, Kshitigarbha, gilt copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

Alternatively, he may hold the flaming pearl in his right hand. In other countries he carries a staff with rings.

 

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