Tibet, lamas on throne

12th century, Tibet, brass, monk, is or was at the Jokhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century, Tibet, brass, monk, is or was at the Jokhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This old and unusual sculpture depicts a lama seated on a cushion on a throne with a tall semi-circular back and lotus buds at shoulder level. He wears a patched robe, thick boots, a hat and a meditation cloak. His right hand does the fear-allaying gesture, his left hand the meditation gesture. (Ulrich von Schroeder has published a sculpture of Maitreya from Western Tibet dated 11th century circa with a similar but more elaborate type of throne, with thick beading to delimitate the arch and attendants on the side, posted previously).

13th century, Tibet, lama, gilt metal and stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, lama, gilt metal with stone inlay, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This is a more standard type of throne, with a graded pedestal inlaid with turquoise and coral, and decorated with two lions and a triratna (3 jewels) at the front and what may be construed as a vajra motif at the bottom. There is a rug hanging over the top, under the double-lotus base on which the lama is seated. He wears monastic garments and holds a rosary in his right hand while doing the vitarka mudra (teaching or discussion).

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy, stones,

14th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, stones, private collection.

On this simpler version the teacher is depicted like the historical buddha (and the dyani buddha Akshobhya),  the right hand calling Earth to witness, the other held in the meditation  gesture, seated on a single-lotus base (with plump petals going upwards and a thick row of beading at the top, typical of Western Tibet). The hem of is garment is inlaid with copper, the front of the throne is inlaid with turquoise and coral and decorated with two mythical creatures (viyalas).

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This lama sits on an unusual lotus base with one row of petals lying flat over the pedestal. The hem of his garments is inlaid with copper. The eyes are inlaid with silver and the lips with copper. The pedestal is decorated with two snow lions.

 

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