Portrait of an unidentified Indian or Tibetan teacher
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ABS 246

 Code: ABS 246

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1300 - 1400

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 10.2 x 13.9 x 5.6

  Materials: Green coloured stone

Portrait of an unidentified Indian or Tibetan yogi

This stone statue represents a yogi ascetic dressed only in a light meditation shawl, seated legs crossed in meditation on a throne and a lotus covered with an antelope skin. Touching the ground with his right hand, he raises the left in what seems to be the gesture of argumentation. Devoid of ornaments except for his two pierced ears, his head his covered with thick locks of hair standing on is head and covering his neck. Of peaceful appearance, his eyes are wide open. The back of the throne is engraved with a swastika. The absence of inscription prevent any identification and his general appearance cannot allow us to distinguish between an Indian and a Tibetan master.

The statue is finely carved, the decoration of the pedestal being very similar with the early types of Tibetan paintings dating from the 12th and 13th centuries.