Tibet, Shantideva

15th century, Tibet, Mahapandita Shantideva, gilt copper and pigments, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, Mahapandita Shantideva, gilt copper and pigments, private collection.

The mahapandita (Indian monk and teacher) is seated on a throne supported by various Jambhala figures (the central one riding a lion and holding a parasol and a mongoose). He holds a book/manuscript in his left hand and does the vitarka mudra with the other. The hem of his clothes is decorated with a scroll pattern. His graceful face is enhanced by his red pandita hat with wide flaps and rounded ends. The base of the throne imitates a rocky formation.

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