Tibet, lamas and their garments

12th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper, cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper, cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This lama wears an upper garment that covers both shoulders and arms. He is seated in the vajra position, on a lotus base with a single row of wide petals going upwards, his hands resting over his knees in the bhumisparsha mudra (calling Earth to witness). His lower garment reaches to his ankles, the tail end folded like a fan before him.

Same as before.

Same as before, copper or copper alloy.

This one wears an Indian-style lower garment made of strips of cloth decorated with a floral motif. His upper garment is worn on the left shoulder and arm only. His hands are in the bhumisparsha and dhyana (meditation) mudras, as often seen on depictions of the historical buddha.

Same as before.

12th century, Tibet, lama, brass, same as before.

This sculpture depicts a lama with a meditation cloak over a tightly wrapped patched robe that covers both shoulders and arms and a lower garment that reaches to his ankles. Both hands are in the meditation gesture.

12th c., Tibet, lama, brass, meditation cloak

The cloak is decorated with a floral motif, its hem is incised with a geometrical design that matches the hem of the patched robe. There is a cord on each side to fasten it.

Same as before.

Same as before.

The thin upper garment of this lama covers the left shoulder arm only.

right hand

He holds a small object like a bead in his right hand, between thumb and middle finger. The palm of the hand is incised with a motif, possibly a dharma wheel.

 

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