Early Tibetan sculptures usually depict lamas dressed in thick garments, often patched up, including a meditation cloak covering their back and knees, one or both feet showing.
This teacher with generous facial features, thick hair and a thin beard does the fear-allaying gesture with his right hand.
This rare works depicts a lama seated on a lotus atop a Kashmiri-style lion throne covered with a cloth and decorated with visvajras.
16th century, Tibet, lama, bronze, at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg (Russia).
Probably an important teacher, since he holds a long-life vase in his left hand and a flaming jewel in the other. His lower garment is pleated over his breast and fastened with a girdle.
The outer robe is decorated with embossed lotuses and incised floral motifs.
Unlike most, this Tibetan teacher has an urna on his forehead.
From the late 15th century onwards, lamas are often portrayed with sumptuous clothes made of soft Chinese silk with thick embroidered hems.
Here the silk is embroidered throughout except for the border, and both feet are covered.