A gilt copper alloy repoussé relief plaque with Kinnara
Tibet, 17th century
The mythical half-man-half bird creature stands in the act of supporting or guarding the deity that would have been place on the platform above. Traditionally Kinnara is found as the guardian of the throne of the tathagata Amoghasiddhi. He is also often found in the prabhamandalas that frame most deities in both paintings and sculpture. It is most likely that this panel would have been on the left side of a throne base.
19 x 24 in. (48.3 x 60.9 cm.)