Tibet, lamas on single lotus base

14th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalaya Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, lama, Kagyu lineage, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalaya Art Resources.

This lama is seated in the vajra position on a lotus base with a single row of broad petals facing downwards, topped with incisions and a row of beading to imitate the stamens of the flower, his hands in the dharmacakra mudra.

15th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

15th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

The elegant Chinese-style draping of this lama’s meditation cloak covers the cushion on which he sits and the top of the base. His face has been painted with cold gold and pigments.

15th century, Tibet, lama, bronze, National Gallery of Canada.

15th century, Tibet, lama, bronze, National Gallery of Canada.

16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé with cast head and hands, private collection, published on

16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, private collection.

The disproportion between the figure’s body and his head and hands is due to the fact that the latter have been cast separately.

18th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by Koller.

18th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by Koller.

Later Chinese-style Tibetan sculptures often have petals that go upwards.

 

 

 

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