The straight hair line and the thick hair tell us that we are looking at fairly young man. He has life-like facial features, delicately rendered hands and nails, diamonds embossed on the sole of his feet, an incised lotus and wavy line pattern on the hem of his clothes.
Many 13th and 14th century sculptures of a lama on a throne include a brocaded cloth (with a large visvajra motif in this case) and two lions, either sitting, lying or standing sideways. The above are particularly large and outstanding.
Almost everything about this work is noteworthy: the use of copper, the cushion with a stippled and incised motif, the rice grain pattern on the back of the throne, the lotuses at shoulder level, the shape of the backplate and the nimbus and the absence of flames on the outer edge, the elongated cranium of the monk, the lotus base with a tall plinth and a single row of undulating petals going downwards.
The use of silver inlay gives this character a piercing gaze. The border of his outer garment is inlay with copper and decorated with an incised pattern.
This Tibetan buddhist teacher holds a flaming jewel in his left hand.
This one has a vase of longevity in the left hand. His silk robe is richly decorated with a chased floral pattern and he has silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips. His legs are unlocked and his right foot is showing.
The copper repoussé method was preferred for large items such as this one (95 cm tall). The accessories, or in this case the borders of the garments, were made separately.