Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) – The "Lotus-born"
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ABS 124

 Code: ABS 124

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.5 x 8.5 x 4.5

  Materials: Rhino horn

Padmasambhava - The "Lotus Born" aka Guru Rinpoche

Padmasambhava, "the Lotus-Born" is an essential and complex figure of Tibetan Buddhism. Worshipped by Tibetans as the establisher of Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century, he is regarded as the Second Buddha. Considered as the archetypal tantric master, he is also called Guru Rinpoche, the Precious master. Although a historical figure, his cult, especially with the Nyingma school which sees him as its founder, made him a supernatural, immortal character with multiple manifestations. Said to be from Oddiyana in the Swat Valley, he can be easily identified thank to his long hair and thin mustache. 
This small rhinoceros horn carving shows Padmasambhava under his most usual aspect. With long hair and a mustache, he is dressed in royal garments, wearing boots and his famous lotus hat, normally topped with vulture feathers or a peacock’s eyespot. His left hand holding a skull cup rests in his lap, and the right held in front of his heart should be holding a vajra which is missing here. He is also usually depicted with a trident in the crook of his left arm.