Tibet, lamas – metal repoussé

15th-16th century (or later), Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).

15th-16th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).

This tall elderly lama with an oval face and elongated neck wears a tight-fitted robe with a broad hem decorated with an incised motif, one end of the garment forms a rectangular flap on his right shoulder. His delicate hands do the vitarka and dhyana mudras.

18th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, cold gold,

18th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper repoussé, cold gold and pigments, private collection.

Same as before.

Same as before.

On these later works the folds of the garments are somewhat cruder and simpler but care has been given to the facial features and the hands.

18th century, Tibet, lama, silver repoussé with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie's,

18th century, Tibet, lama, silver repoussé with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Silver being a soft metal, it is also adequate for the repoussé technique, which consists in hammering a sheet of metal into shape. It is followed by the chasing technique, to refine the shapes that have been produced or give them more depth or relief. Unlike the previous three, the above sculpture still has its base.

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