Tibet, deified lamas (3)

 

14th century (or later), Tibet, deified lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

14th century (or later?), Tibet, deified lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

The lotuses surrounding this lama support an upright vajra (thunderbolt) and a ghanta (bell). His hands are crossed over his heart like buddha Vajradhara, who holds the same attributes.

15th century, Tibet, 15th century, brass with copper and silver inlay, private collection.

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

Apart from the same attributes on the lotuses, this lama holds a set of three flaming jewels (triratna) in his left hand and does the discussion or teaching gesture (vitarka mudra) with the other.

Deified lama, 15th c., Tibet, c.a.+sil.+c.inlay, 24 cm, close up, Halpert

The patched vest tucked into his lower garment is inlaid with broad bands of copper and decorated with an incised floral pattern.

Undated (15th-16th century probably), Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Undated (15th-16th century?), Tibet, deified lama, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

This is a  similar sculpture, with an inscription on the front of the base.

Deified lama, 16th c.?,  Tibet, c.a., incised hem, flaming jewels, close up

The hem of his garments is incised with a floral pattern.

 

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