Tibet, Ratnasambhava, bodhisattva appearance (2)

13th-14th century, Tibet, labelled Sino-Tibetan, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy with copper inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Sino-Tibetan, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

His right hand held out in the gesture of supreme generosity, the other in the meditation gesture, Ratnasambhava wears a very large flaming jewel (ratna) finial on top of his chignon. His lips and one of his necklaces are inlaid with copper. The overall result corresponds to the Tibetan taste of the time, yet, on closer inspection, the tear-shaped armbands are not related to Tibet and the crown made of three large leaves and two small leaves corresponds to the Chinese style. Also, the middle necklace would normally have at least one pendant, and the tail end of his dhoti would be gathered under his ankles.

14th century, Tibet, copper alloy?, at the Beijing Museum

14th century, Tibet, (copper alloy?), at the Tibetan Museum in Beijing (China).

This is a more standard image, with large hoops and foliate jewellery and a smaller flaming jewel finial. The panels of his tall five-leaf crown are secured with rods.

Same as before, traces of cold gold, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Same as before, traces of cold gold, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

Here the artist has made a modest use of turquoise cabochons on the crown and one of the necklaces.

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The rim of the crown is decorated with an incised motif.

14th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, brass, private collection, photo by Christie's.

14th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, brass, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

 

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