Tibet, Padmasambhava (6)

15th-16th century, Central Tibet, Tsang valley, Padmasambhava, copper alloy with silver and turquoise inlay, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

15th-16th century, Central Tibet, Tsang valley, Padmasambhava, copper alloy with silver and turquoise inlay, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

Wrapped in (finely incised) full monastic garments, Padmasambhava holds a vajra and a skull cup (kapala) and wears a  lotus hat adorned with side bows and topped with a (broken) vulture feather. His wide-open eyes are inlaid with silver, his tear-shaped urna and his earrings with turquoise. He is seated on cushion totally covered by his robe, over a single-lotus base with petals going downwards.

15th century, Tibet Padmasambhava, copper alloy, private collection.

15th century (or 16th?), Tibet Padmasambhava, copper alloy, private collection.

This is a fairly similar image, with a different lotus base.

Same as before, brass, private collection. photo by Christie's.

Same as before, brass, private collection. photo by Christie’s.

Here, the single-lotus base with curly petals has an incised geometrical motif at the front and an inscription with his name at the back.

15th-16th c., Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass, 17,5 cm, inner+outer robe incised with stippled motifs, inscrip. on back, close up

His lotus hat is topped with a half vajra and decorated with the traditional crescent moon and sun disc symbols. His garments are richly incised with a floral motif. He has generous facial features and thin V-shaped eyebrows enhanced by the large tear-shaped urna on his forehead. There are traces of blue pigment on the strands of hair falling over his shoulders and red pigment on his lips. He wears large round earrings and bone ornaments.

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy with metal and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy with metal and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this sculpture, he wears a patched robe with an incised hem, the lower part artistically arranged over the lotus base (which may not be the original one). His eyes are inlaid with silver, his lips with copper, his necklace with turquoise and coral.

15th-16th century, Tibet, brass with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th-16th century, Tibet, brass with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Seated on a Yongle-style lotus base, wrapped in full monastic garments, holding the usual attributes, Padmasambhava is depicted here with a moustache and goatee.

15th-16th c., Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass+sil. inlaid eyes, close up

His eyes are inlaid with silver and copper to give him a very expressive look, his garments are richly incised with a scrolled motif.

15th-16th c., Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass+sil. inlaid eyes, face

His hat is adorned with side bows, there is a large crescent moon and sun disc symbol on the triangular panel at the front. The design of his earrings and the shape of his eyebrows are unusual.

 

 

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