A Tibetan Lama seated on an animal skin
Lot 1102
A copper alloy portrait of an unidentified lama Tibet, 16th century
US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£1,800 - 3,000
Auction Details
A Tibetan Lama seated on an animal skin
Lot Details
Property from the Estate of Ralph Benkaim
A copper alloy portrait of an unidentified lama
Tibet, 16th century
With traces of cold gilding; seated on a double cushion platform covered by a deer skin, the lama is dressed in well-defined monks robes. His right hand is held in the act of teaching (vitarka mudra) and his face cast with a stern expression, with his hair is braided to a tapering point at the back.
4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) high

Footnotes

  • For a related sculpture see Rossi and Rossi, Homage to the Holy, 2003, no. 45; Christie's New York, March 31, 2005, lot. 199; Sotheby's New York, March 18, 2009, lot. 17; Rhie and Thurman, A Shrine for Tibet, The Alice Kadell Collection, no. II-7.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby's, New York, March 26, 2003, lot. 184
    Wesley and Carolyn Halpert, purchased in the 1980's
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