Circa 12th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, photo on Bonhams
Strikingly similar to a 10th-11th century crowned Shakyamuni at the Ashmolean museum published some time ago (see below), this Pala style buddha wears a tall crown with long ribbons that curl up above the shoulders, a short necklace and earrings but not armbands, bracelets or anklets. The singular position of his right hand identifies him as Ratnasambhava rather than the historical buddha.
13th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Casa Cambi d’Aste.
Ratnasambhava normally holds his right hand open, in the gesture of supreme generosity and displays a gem (ratna). The above has silver-inlaid eyes, copper-inlaid lips and crown components, a tall Pala-style chignon dyed with lapis lazuli powder and topped with a spectacular flaming jewel finial, no urna. His long dhoti is decorated with a chased lotus pattern.
13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Ratnasambhava, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Koller.
The blue lotuses on each side of the figure help date this work. Like the previous buddha, he wears a particularly tall foliate crown and matching finial, perhaps to remind us that he belongs to higher spheres.
14th century, Tibet, Ngor monastery, Ratnasambhava, brass, photo from the Huntington Archive.
An Indo-tibetan figure with a large gem embossed in the palm of his right hand.
He wears a thin sash tightly drawn across his chest, decorated with an incised and stippled rice grain pattern.
16th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, photo on Lempertz
This one also has a gem embossed in the palm of his hand. His shoulders are covered with a small Chinese-style silk garment often described as a cape but made in one piece shaped like a cloud.
17th-18th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, bronze (brass) with paint, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).
Seated on a throne supported by two lions and a yaksha, the back plate decorated on each side with an elephant, a lion, a young boy mounting a sharabha, a lotus bud, a makara, a naga king, and topped with a garuda.
15th century, Tibet, Ratnasambhava, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Polyauction
Ratnasambhava in his buddha appearance, seated on a lotus base with an incised rim, a gem incised in the palm of his hand.