"Tibet, 19th Century, Representation Of A Lama In Finely Chiseled Gilt Bronze"
Period: 19th century
Material: Copper alloy
Dimensions: 25.5 x 18 cm
Condition: Gilding wear
Origin: From a set of a private collection
Finely executed gilt bronze representation of a lama. He is represented seated in vajrasana on a base with lotus petals, the right hand in position of the taking of the Earth to witness (bhumisparsa mudra) and the right hand in avakasha mudra on which rests the kalasha, symbol of intellectual wealth and longevity. He is depicted the uncovered potrine and dressed in a thick monastic cloak placed on the shoulders, the folds of the finely worked material and the edges of the mantle enhanced with scrolls. The very gentle face is characterized by half-closed almond-shaped eyes surmounted by raised eyebrows. An aquiline nose overhangs a small mouth sketching a slight smile and a long beard provided treated in long locks sports the face. A large traditional headdress takes position on the top of the skull. The sealed base of a copper plate incised with a double vajra.