Tibet, Padmasambhava (10)

16th century circa, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, published on Asianart.com

16th century circa, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, published on Asianart.com

Padmasambhava is seated in the vajra position on a double-lotus base with curly petals, a skull cup in his left hand, a thunderbolt sceptre in the other, dressed in full monastic robe with incised hems.

16th c. cir., Tibet, Padmasambhava, c.a., 33,5 cm, sideway

He has a beautifully crafted moustache and goatee, thin eyebrows meeting at the centre and topped with a lock of hair (urna), a row of individually sculpted locks of hair below his lotus hat, large almond-shaped eyes and generous lips, his right hand in tarjani mudra.

16th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by A.J. Speelman.

16th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt copper repoussé, private collection, photo by A.J. Speelman.

This curious work depicts him rather rotund, without facial hair or urna, adorned with large Chinese-style earrings and brocaded garments with a floral motif, wearing felt boots and a  brocaded hat.

Same as before, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Koller.

Same as before, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Koller.

The arch behind statues is rarely preserved. This one is decorated with a buddha at the top and two standing figures at the bottom.

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