Tibet, Pema Gyalpo

16th century, Tibet, Pema Gyalpo, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection

16th century, Tibet, Pema Gyalpo, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

This is a rare sculpture of the Pema Gyalpo aspect of Padmasambhava, who holds a circular mirror and drums. He wears a five-leaf crown and is tightly wrapped in a thick gown with ample sleeves and fastened with a belt. His facial features have been painted with cold gold and pigments. The design of his large earrings and of the soft draping over his legs indicate a Chinese influence, as does the single-lotus base with petals going downwards.

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