Tibet, deified lamas (2)

15th century, Tibet, lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Koller.

15th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo by Koller.

This lama, possibly an abbot, holds the stalk of a blue lotus (triangular shape) to his right, from which the hilt of a sword is stemming, and a white lotus to his left, which supports a book/manuscript topped with a pearl (attributes associated with Manjushri).

15th century, Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy with copper inlay,

15th century, Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy with copper inlay,

This lama, surrounded with lotuses topped with sword and manuscript,  holds a triratna (set of three flaming jewels) in his left hand.

16th century, Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

16th century, Central Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, at the Norton Simon Museum (USA).

Here the lotuses support a  pearl to his right and what looks like a pearl topped with a book/manuscript to his left. There is a triratna in his left hand.

Same as before, published by Rossi & Rossi.

Same as before, published by Rossi & Rossi.

Two blue lotuses support the hilt of a sword and a manuscript, his hands do the dharmacakra mudra, there is a triratna in front of him.

16th-17th century, Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

16th-17th century, Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The iconography above is similar to that of the first sculpture on this post, except for the hands, which are doing the dharmacakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma).

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