Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava (4)

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel.

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel auctions.

A highly original sculpture of Ratnasambhava with a conical chignon and a small crown made of small leaves set wide apart, adorned with unusual jewellery and seated on a double-lotus base with flat squarish petals, his right hand held out in the gesture of supreme generosity and displaying an incised diamond with a gem (ratna) at the centre.

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The rim of his crown and his necklaces consist in thick beading. The shorter necklace with three foliate pendants, including one decorated with incisions, is reminiscent of earlier works attributed to the Ngari district.

14th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

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This one displays a a triple gem (triratna ) inside a circle in the palm of his right hand.

14th-15th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy,

14th-15th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, at the Heritage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).

The lotuses on each side of the figure from pedestal to neck level, as above, were an alternative to the celestial scarf used as a frame in Tibet during the 14th and 15th century.

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