Tibet, Padmasambhava (8)

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt copper alloy and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Padmasambhava holds a vajra and a skull cup, he is seated in the vajra posture, dressed in full monastic robe with an incised hem, his lotus hat decorated with a crescent moon and sun disc at the front and adorned with side bows and ribbons.

15th c., Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt c.a.+pig., Navin Kumar, back

The back of his hat is incised with a floral motif. His meditation cloak is dropped around the waist.

16th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass and gilding, photo by Koller.

16th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy, private collection photo by Koller.

Instead of being on the front panel, the crescent moon and sun disc symbol is on top of his hat, which is adorned with bows and ribbons. The hem of his garments, his hat and even the vulture feather are decorated with an incised motif. He wears large floral earrings. His thin eyebrows meet together and are topped with a raised urna.

Same as before, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

Same as before, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This sculpture is remarkable for its particularly harmonious proportions and pyramidal shape. His gentle face has wide-open eyes inlaid with silver, copper-inlaid lips and a large oval urna. Parts of his garments are inlaid with copper.  His robe is incised with a floral pattern and covers the top of the Yongle-style lotus base.

16th century, Western Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass with copper and silver inlay, at the Museo de Culturas del Mundo, Barcelona (Spain).

16th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass with copper, silver and stone inlay, at the Museo de Culturas del Mundo, Barcelona (Spain).

On this remarkably similar piece, the feather is still on top of his lotus hat and the lower part of the base is plain.

16th c., Tibet, Padmasambhava, brass+c.+sil., close up

His urna and earrings are inlaid with turquoise, most of the stones are now missing (as on the bows that adorn his crown).

17th century circa, same as before.

17th century circa, same as before, photo by Koller.

On this image, complete with ritual staff and vulture feather, the design of the lotus base (with broader and more elongated petals), the earrings, the upward flying ribbons and the elongated torso point to the 17th century.

 

 

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