Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo (2)

Undated, Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo, gilt metal, at the Beijing Museum (China).

Undated, Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo, gilt metal, at the Beijing Museum (China), published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Songtsen Gampo is usually represented seated with one leg unfolded, wearing a thick gown fastened with a belt and some thick boots. He often holds a long-life vase in one or both hands.

Undated, Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

His legs may be in the lotus position.

Undated, Tibet, Songtsen Gampo, gilt metal with cold gold and pigments, published on lalitavistara.free.fr

Undated, Tibet, Songtsen Gampo, gilt metal with cold gold and pigments, in Lhasa, Tibet, published on lalitavistara.free.fr

He wears a tall turban wrapped around his head, like a truncated cone, and topped with the head of Amitabha. A  long strand of plaited hair falls on each shoulder. The above example has a moustache and goatee like Padmasambhava.

Same as above, at the Jowo Lakhang in Lhasa, published on

Same as above, at the Jowo Lakhang in Lhasa, published on chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com

He often wears large earrings which can range from simple to very elaborate designs.

16th century, Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo, gilt copper with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

16th century, Tibet, King Songtsen Gampo, gilt copper with cold gold and pigments, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this sculpture, the king sits on an elaborate throne supported by two lions and two elephants, a long-life vase at the front, a row of thunderbolts at the bottom. The back panel is decorated with a garuda at the top and other mythical creatures on the sides.  There is a bowl under his right hand.

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