This smiling character with a long-life vase in his left hand is seated on two brocaded cushions with unusually large chased motifs (clouds and flowers), covered with a thick blanket. His lower garment is held in place with a very ornate cummerbund.
An early sculpture of a lama seated on a cushion atop a stepped throne decorated with beading and stippled motifs. He wears coarse garments with a stippled lotus print and geometrical incisions, his right foot showing from under the meditation cloak.
Undated, Tibet, lama, bronze (brass with silver and copper inlay), private collection, photo on HAR
Two blankets on two plainer cushions for this elderly master. The artist has given him a life-like appearance and used silver for the eyes, copper for the lips and the hat. His silk garments are decorated with chased floral and cloud motifs.
A realistic portrait of an elderly teacher in full monastic garb richly incised with a floral pattern, his left hand over the knee, the right hand doing the gesture of debate/teaching. From the late 16th century onwards it is not uncommon for the outer robe to be gathered on the left side of the body, revealing the undergarment tied under the breast. Other date indicators are the way the meditation cloak is arranged like the petals of a flower covering the top of the lotus base, and the large upward-going petals of the said base.
The mahasiddha appearance coupled with the Tibetan monastic garb and the long-life vase in his left hand suggests this personage was a teacher (lama).
Seated in a yogic pose, his long hair gathered in a topknot, this tantric master only wears his meditation cloak around his legs and a piece of cloth around his arms.
17th century, Tibet, lama, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 103 China 2.
This younger man with elongated limbs and torso is dressed in Chinese silks that cover the cushion under him.
An elderly lama with an oversized head, holding a rosary between his delicately cast hands.
The chased floral pattern all over his cloak recalls a particular group of 15th-16th century brass works made in the Tsang province of Southern Central Tibet but the patched robe with a rice grain border and the petals on the lotus base are of a different style. The inscription at the front looks like a late addition.