Tibet, Padmasambhava – 2 masterpieces

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy, at the Denver Museum of Art (USA).

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy, photo by the Denver  Art  Museum(USA).

Padmasambhava is immediately recognisable through is five-point hat topped with a vulture feather, the khatvanga that rests on his shoulder, topped here with a very elegant trisula, the thunderbolt in his right hand held at heart level and the skull cup in his left hand. His ears are adorned with large lotus earrings inlaid with turquoise. He sits in the lotus position on a typical 15th-century double-lotus base with long plump petals that curl at the end, between two rows of thick beading and a plain lower rim. Some deep incisions mark the folds of his ample garments, which have an incised hem.

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this sculpture, the folds of the gown are very realistic. His long and ample lower garment is incised all over with a foliate motif and folded over his feet and onto the lotus base. His eyes are inlaid with silver, his lips with copper, there are long strands of hair falling over his shoulders. His earrings consist in two very large four-petal lotuses, his hat is decorated with bows and ribbons, there is a moon crescent and a jewel on the front panel. The skull cup he holds in his left hand is filled with nectar.

15th c., Tibet, Padmasambhava, c.a.+sil.eyes+cop. mouth, ornate robe

Even his five-petal lotus hat is richly incised. The hem, the collar and the upper part of his cloak are made of brocade.

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