We saw an almost identical sculpture of a plump and beardless Padmambhava with a frowning gaze here, with stone-inlaid instead of plain metal jewellery. The border of his sumptuous layman’s clothes, his small cape and his lotus hat (with a sun and moon at the front and a vulture feather on top) are incised with a foliate pattern. The ritual staff placed against his left shoulder includes a vajra sceptre. His eyes are inlaid with silver and the urna on his forehead is like the historical buddha’s, i.e. a small lock of hair.
On this variant the vajra sceptre in his right hand is pointing to the skull cup held high up before him, leaving no room for a long-life vase or a jewel, and his legs are not quite locked. His unusual hat is made of triangular leaves set wide apart.
17th-18th century, Tibet, Padmasambhava, bronze (copper alloy) with traces of cold gold, private collection, photo by Lempertz, sale 1146 lot 314.
Seated on a singular lotus base with a ritual vase (kalash) at the front.
Wearing a meditation cloak over his small cloud-shape cape.
As an elderly man, holding the vajra sceptre almost upright.