Unidentified Tibetan monastic master
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ABS 109

 Code: ABS 109

  Country: Tibet

  Style:

  Date: 1350 - 1450

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.2 x 9.5 x 5.5

  Materials: Brass

Unidentified Tibetan monastic master

This aged and bald Tibetan master sits legs crossed in meditation on a double lotus pedestal, his right extended hand touching the ground before him while his left rests on his lap in contemplation. He is dressed in the triple monastic garments with his shawl tightly clad around him. His eyes are inlaid with silver contrasting with the brass of the statue and producing a strong realistic expression. His lips as well as the rim of his shawl are inlaid with red copper, the latter being engraved with vegetal scrolls patterns. The petals of the lotus pedestal are represented in volume on the front of the statue but are only engraved on the back. A crossed vajra is also engraved on the gilt copper plate sealing the bottom of the statue.

In the absence of an inscription, the iconography alone cannot allow us to identify this master. The fact that he is seated on a lotus pedestal could indicate this image was cast after his death, because some images of masters made during their life-time can either depict them sitting on cushion, or in the case of early images, without any pedestal at all.