Tibet, deified lamas (4)

16th-17th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie's

16th-17th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Christie’s

This rare sculpture depicts a  lama holding a long-life vase topped with Amitayus. He holds a long-stemmed lotus topped with a manuscript and a small figure (buddha Vajradhara?) on a lotus base in his left hand. The lotus on the other side supports the hilt of a sword and another similar small figure.

Deified lama, 16th-17th c., Tibet, gilt c.a., base, Amitayus on long-life vase, two figures on lotuses, vajras, achalas, vajrapanis on base

The double-lotus base is decorated with vajras and figures of Achala and Vajrapani. All these attributes are thought to be there in order to protect the portrayed lama during his lifetime.

 

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

17th century circa, Tibet, lama, brass with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Koller.

This lama is framed by a blue lotus supporting a sword to his right and a white lotus supporting a manuscript/book to his left (Manjushri’s attributes). There is a triratna (set of three flaming jewels) in his left hand.

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