Mongolia, Ratnasambhava

Late 17th century, Mongolia, Ratnasambhava, gilt copper alloy, by Zanabazar, at the Zanabazar Museum in Mongolia, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Late 17th century, Mongolia, Ratnasambhava, gilt copper alloy, by Zanabazar, at the Zanabazar Museum in Mongolia, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Ratnasambhava in his bodhisattva appearance, with crown and jewellery, his left hand in the meditation mudra, his right hand in the charity mudra and showing a jewel (ratna), seated in the vajra position on a Mongolian-style single-lotus base with overlapping upward going petals, displays the perfection proper to Zanabazar’s work.

18th century, Mongolia, Ratnasambhava, gilt copper alloy and pigment, photo by Koller.

18th century, Mongolia, Ratnasambhava, gilt copper alloy and pigment, photo by Koller.

Ratnasambhava in his buddha appearance, his chignon topped with a finial, a large raised urna on his forehead, sits in the vajra position on a double-lotus base typical of 17th century Mongolia. The hem of his garments is incised with a scrolled foliage pattern. The upper part of the body is noticeably larger than the rest and  the shoulders particularly broad.

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