Tibet, various characters

12th century, Tibet, lay tantric practitioner, copper alloy with gilding and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

12th century, Tibet, lay tantric practitioner, copper alloy with gilding and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Only the hairstyle differentiates this lay tantric practitioner from monastic ones. On paintings his robe would be white.

13th century, Tibet, noblewoman, wood and pigments, cold gold on face.

13th century, Tibet, noblewoman, wood,  private collection.

Her face is painted with cold gold and pigments.

15th century, Southern Tibet, devotee, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

15th century, Southern Tibet, devotee, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

The way this female character is leaning on one knee, the other slightly raised, with her hands held before her, indicates that she is a devotee. She is adorned with a small tiara, necklaces, armbands, bracelets, anklets and a belt over her short lower garment.

 

Tibet, 12th-13th century, copper alloy, yogin with attributes, private collection

12th-13th century, Tibet, copper alloy, yogi with attributes, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This yogi holds a lotus bud in his right hand and another object in his left hand. The body proportions and the roundness and softness of the shapes, along with the use of ungilt copper alloy, are typical of early Tibetan works.

17th century, Tibet, standing yogi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

17th century, Tibet, standing yogi, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Undated, Tibet. ascetic lama, copper alloy,

Undated, Tibet. ascetic lama, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

This ascetic character with realistic features wears a short loincloth and a small skull at the front of his head. He holds a horn in his left hand, similar to those used in Tibet to keep medicinal herbs. He sits on an antelope skin, on a single-lotus base with thin petals going downwards.

Undated, Tibet, lama, ascetic, back

His body has been painted with cold gold, partly worn off. The high degree of craftsmanship is particularly noticeable in the way his matted locks of hair are depicted and in the care taken with the pedestal.

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