17th century, Mongolia, guru, gilt bronze and silver, private collection, photo on Treasure Art .
Probably an important teacher, seated on an unusually large number of brocaded cushions covered with a blanket, atop a small plinth, this man dressed in full monastic garb and coiffed with a pandita hat holds a long-life vase in his left hand.
18th century, Mongolia, Dolonnor, lama, gilt copper alloy, pigments and silk, photo on Arthur M Sackler Gallery , Washington DC (USA).
Only two cushions for this deified teacher, who holds the stem of lotuses topped with a manuscript and the hilt of a sword (Manjushri’s attributes). The cushions are decorated with symbols and covered with a blanket plus a cloth embroidered with a visvajra symbol. His left hand is cupped in the gesture of meditation.
An elderly man with his feet uncovered, seated on two brocaded cushions, one with a floral theme, the other with two animals and a large lotus at the front. He makes the gesture of debate with his right hand.
Mid 18th-early 19th century, Mongolia, Dolonnor, Lama, possibly the second Khalka Jestundampa, gilt copper alloy, photo on Arthur M Sackler Gallery .
18th century, Mongolia, Padmasambhava, brass with copper inlay, private collection, photo on Hanhai , lot 91.
Dressed in a layman’s outfit and a meditation cloak, Padmasambhava is seated in a relaxed manner on a singular lotus base, holding a (missing) skull cup in his left hand and a vajra sceptre over his right knee, his ritual staff (and his vulture finial) now lost. He wears a lotus hat decorated with a sun, moon, and dissolving point symbol, large earrings, a short necklace.