Mongolia, a few portraits

18th century, Mongolia, Mahasiddha Naropa, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigment, photo by Bonhams.

18th century, Mongolia, Mahasiddha Naropa, gilt copper repoussé with cold gold and pigment, photo by Bonhams.

This idealised portrait shows the Indian teacher dressed in full monk’s robe, his hair tied up in a bunch topped with a lotus flower and painted with lapis lazuli powder (a practice that came from Tibet, like the use of cold gold on the face).

17th century circa, Mongolia, Zanabazar, gilt metal, private collection, photo by Rosse & Rossi.

Circa 17th century, Mongolia, Zanabazar, gilt metal, private collection, photo by Rosse & Rossi.

The artist holds a vajra in his right hand and a bell (ghanta) in the other. He is wrapped in monastic robe and seated on richly decorated cushions with a lotus motif. If this is indeed Zanabazar, the realistic and very individual facial features suggest that the sculpture was made during his lifetime (mid 17th to early 18th century), and perhaps even in his workshop.17th c. cir., Mongolia, Panchen lama, gilt metal, Zanabazar or school, Rossi&Rossi

Panchen lama, same as before.

This unidentified lama holds a bowl in his left hand and does the teaching or discussion gesture with the other (vitarka mudra). He wears a meditation cloak over his monastic robe, arranged into soft folds over his legs and around him. The single-lotus base has large flat overlapping petals going upwards, topped with incisions and a row of large beading to imitate the stamens of the flower very skillfully.

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