Tibet, various lamas (2)

15th century, Tibet, Chalupa Sanggye Pelzang, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, made in Gyantse, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

By the 15th century, Tibetan artists had generally mastered metal sculptures and metal inlay, often marrying copper and brass. On this particular example, the fluidity of the robe and meditation cloak are noticeable.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Wang Tashi Rinchen, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

They had also mastered the art of decorating garments with chased motifs.

This lama’s clothes are embellished with flowers, scrolled foliage, and rice grains arranged like flowers.

16th century circa, Tibet, Pomdrakpa Sonam Dorje, gilt copper, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

When the face is painted with cold gold and pigments, as if often the case with sculptures once worshiped in Lhasa, the personage looks almost real.

16th century, Tibet, Sakyavajra, copper alloy with silver-inlaid eyes, private collection, photo Sotheby’s.

This elderly character with a sad face holds a flaming jewel in his left hand and does the gesture of generosity with the other.

16th century circa, Tibet, Pawo Tsuklak Trenwa, copper alloy cast and repoussé, private collection, published on http://www.benjanssens.com

This younger lama holds a long-life vase.

16th-17th century (1600 circa), Tibet, Kunga Dondrup, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

 

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