Tibet, Prajnaparamita (2)

14th century, Tibet, Prajnaparamita, gilt metal and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th century, Tibet, Prajnaparamita, gilt metal and pigments, is or was at the gTsug Lakhang, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This Nepalese-style sculpture represents Prajnaparamita seated, holding a vajra sceptre in her top right hand and a manuscript in the other, her lower hands joined in the gesture of meditation with the thumbs touching.

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Her face is painted with cold gold and pigments, her hair dyed with lapis lazuli powder. She wears foliate jewellery inlaid with turquoise and other hard stones.

16th century, same as before, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Prajnaparamita, gilt metal and stone inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

A variant, with the main right hand displaying a different gesture (to bestow patience).

 

15th century circa, Tibet, Prajnaparamita, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century circa, Tibet, Prajnaparamita, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

On this two-hand form she holds the stems of lotuses, one supporting a manuscript, her hands displaying the gesture for ‘turning the wheel of the Law’.

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