Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava – standing

12th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

12th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, brass, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is a rare sculpture of Ratnasambhava standing.

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He is on a double-lotus base over a plinth decorated with horses and flaming jewels.

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He wears beaded jewellery and a matching sacred thread and festooned belt, his dhoti and scarf are decorated with incisions. He has a Kashmiri style torso with developed pectorals and a cruciform navel.

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The geometrical incisions on his scarf, crown, bows and earrings are typical of West Tibetan works produced around the 11th and 12th century in the Ngari district.

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