Tibet, lamas on double lotus base

 

 

13th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

13th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This double-lotus base with fat apple-like petals and a row of thick beading at the top is typical of Western Tibet. The hem of the lama’s garments has been inlaid with copper. He has a large urna on his forehead.

15th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is the same style but with smaller, less defined petals and a lower base.

13th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century (or later), Tibet, Kagyu lama, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The very large head of this lama suggests it was made separately from the rest of the body. This type of (Chinese) Yongle-style base in conjunction with the patched robe corresponds rather to the 15th  century.

17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy with pigments, private collection, photo by Koller.

17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy with pigments, private collection, photo by Koller.

This is the same style but with smaller, narrower petals, larger beading and a lower base.

18th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum.

18th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, at the Pacific Asia Museum.

 

15th century, Tibet, lama, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, lama, bronze with pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

 

This (Indian) Pala-style base has a row of very large beading at the very bottom, a tall plain part, and a noticeable gap between the two rows of petals.

15th c., Tibet, lama, bronze+red pig, lips, incised gown, close up

The lama’s robe is incised with a floral pattern. He has a large urna on his forehead.

15th-16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy and pigment, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

Some 15th and 16th century gilt copper alloy sculptures made in Tibet have flat broad petals with  a pointed end as above. The lama’s lips are painted red, the hem of his robe is incised with a floral pattern. One end of his upper garment forms a rectangular flap over his shoulder.

16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with gilding, private collection, photo by Koller.

16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with gilding, private collection, photo by Koller.

It is unusual for the petals to be so far apart from the beading, and for them to be so small compared with it.

16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection.

This (Nepalese) Malla-style base has broad round petals with a slightly raised tip, topped with much smaller fat ones with a curly tip, between two rows of beading.

17th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Skinner.

17th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Skinner.

This is the same style in a broader and lower version.

17th-18th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with copper, silver and iron inlay,

17th-18th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with copper, silver and iron inlay, private collection.

This is even lower, with very broad round petals,  and quite reminiscent of early Nepalese sculptures from the Licchavi period (8th-9th century).

 

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