This lama’s eyes and the seam of his clothes are inlaid with silver, his lips, nails and some seams are inlaid with copper.
The inner garment is decorated with a chased floral motif and scrolled foliage on the hem. His hands do a gesture normally associated with buddha Vairocana, the left one displays an embossed circular design, possibly a dharma wheel.
Early works often depict lamas with patched up garments, denoting humility, although at times the sculpture has been richly gilt.
Silver is often used to inlay the lama’s eyes and the seams of his clothes, and copper for the lips, nails and hems.
Here the vest is made of plain fabric and the patches of the outer garment are delineated with deep incisions but the hems are also plain.
This lama’s meditation cloak is made of strips of embroidered cloth sewn together.
On this example, the outer garments are decorated throughout with a chased floral and rice-grain pattern.