Unidentified Tibetan tantric master
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ABS 072

 Code: ABS 072

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1250 - 1350

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 12 x 14.2 x 8.2

  Materials: Brass

Unidentified Tibetan tantric teacher

This portrait-like representation depicts a Tibetan tantric master seated legs crossed in meditation on a lotus and a graded throne. His right extended hand displays the gesture of touching the earth while his left rests in his lap in contemplation. Barefoot, he wears the traditional Tibetan robe (chuba) and is wrapped in a thick meditation cloak. His head is crowned with a peculiar turban-like hat possibly made of hair. His own curly hair appears underneath, at his temples and on his neck. Despite the numerous realistic physical features – beady eyes, frown, wrinkled forehead, large jaw, light beard, etc. – his identity remains mysterious.

The throne, decorated with a wheel emblem, is covered with a carpet with a triple medallion motif and has garlands of pearls engraved in the metal. The borders of his cloak and garment are also engraved with motifs, respectively inlaid with copper and silver demonstrating a great refinement.