Tibet, deified lamas (5)

16th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This unidentified lama holds the stem of lotuses supporting a vajra sceptre and a bell, and a set of three flaming jewels in his cupped hand. His eyes are inlaid with silver, the lips and part of the vest with copper.

16th century, Tibet, Sakya lama, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This one is framed by a blue lotus supporting the hilt of a sword to his right and a different lotus supporting a manuscript (Manjushri’s attributes). His hands, held wide apart, do the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture.

16th-17th century, Tibet lama, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this curious sculpture, the blue lotus with the hilt of a sword to his right and the other lotus to his left each support a miniature lama seated on a lotus base.

17th century, same as before, with traces of gilding, photo by Sotheby’s.

Another image with (blue) lotuses supporting a book (to his left) and the hilt of a sword and the lama’s hands ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘.

 

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