17th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.
A standard image of Guru Rinpoche/Padmasambhava, seated with his legs locked, holding a vajra sceptre against his heart and a skull cup.
16th-17th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, copper alloy, private collection, Bonhams.
This figure seems to have been damaged by fire, but Bonhams tell us that his face was blackened by ritual smoke.
A very large rice-grain pattern decorates the border of his robe.
18th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, gilt copper alloy repoussé with cold gold on face and hands, private collection, photo by Koller.
This Padmasambhava has a half vajra finial on his hat (a vulture feather possibly missing from it) and a vajra sceptre placed before him (judging by its size it may not be the one he originally held in his right hand). His lotus hat is adorned with turquoise inlay and Chinese-style serpentine ribbons. The earrings are missing.
18th century, Tibet, Padmsambhava, gilt copper alloy with traces of cold gold, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
We saw in the previous post that on later sculptures he often wears a necklace over his outer garment. Note the lotus base with several layers of petals of various shapes and sizes.
17th-18th century, Tibet, Padmsambhava, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Bonhams.
Apart from a short necklace, later Tibetan sculptures of Padmasambhava frequently include stone inlay on his hat and jewellery, cold gold and pigments on his face, colour on his hair.
18th-19th century, Tibet, Padmsambhava, gilt copper alloy and pigments, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).
On this richly gilt work, the artist has even added small turquoise cabochons to the lotus base.
18th century, Tibet, Padmsambhava, gilt copper alloy, at the British Museum in London (UK).
This more modest work includes a two-piece flaming mandorla and a semi-circular open plinth. His hat is more like a foliate crown but the feather on top and his attributes identify him without doubt.
18th-19th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, stone, at the Newark Museum (USA).
Contrasting with the dark stone, Padmasambhava wears a red hat with a crescent moon and sun disc symbol on the front panel. There are traces of cold gold on his clothes and on the lotus base.