Tibet, lamas on cushion (2)

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This young lama with realistic Tibetan facial features is seated on an antelope skin over a thick cushion. He wears a translator’s cap and holds a flaming jewel. His right hand does the teaching/discussion gesture.

16th-17 th c., Tibet, lama, gilt c., antelope skin, lotsawa hat, detail

The broad edge of his garments is decorated with a floral motif.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, silver with cold gold, published by Carlo Cristi.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, silver with cold gold, published by Carlo Cristi.

This later piece shows a lama wearing a similar hat and wrapped in richly decorated garments. The cushion is finely incised too. Such display of wealth is often seen on 16th-17th century sculptures. His skin has been painted with (partly worn off) cold gold.

17th century circa, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

17th century circa, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

 

 

 

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