Bhutan, the lotus base

17th century, Bhutan, Padmasambhava, gilt copper repoussé, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Bhutan, Padmasambhava, gilt copper repoussé, photo by Christie’s.

17th-18th century, Bhutan, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, silver with turquoise inlay.

17th-18th century, Bhutan, Shadakshari Lokeshvara, silver with turquoise inlay, photo by Christie’s.

These two figures, which display Chinese-style draping and jewellery, are seated on a double-lotus base with a plain lower rim, a three-lobe petal design and a row of beading at the top, typical of Bhutan. On the first example, the upper part is smaller than the base and separated from it by a strip of plain metal.

18th century, Bhutan, Padmasambhava, silver repoussé with cold gold and stone inlay, photo by Christie's

18th century, Bhutan, Padmasambhava, silver repoussé with cold gold and stone inlay, photo by Christie’s

Occasionally, the lotus base is made of a single row of three-lobe petals going upwards.

18th century, Bhutan, Pema Lingpa, copper alloy, private collection.

18th century, Bhutan, Pema Lingpa, copper alloy and cold gold, private collection.

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