A gilt copper repoussé makara panel
Tibet, circa 15th century
Traces of pigment; emerging from a sea of scrolling roundels, the makara is rendered with a wide-open mouth baring sharp fangs and his trunk-like snout full extended with a slight curl at the end. He stands with his powerful front legs spread in a threaten stance. A diminutive lama figure dressed in heavy robes and his hands in the act of teaching (dharmachakra mudra) sits in high relief in the lower right corner.
24 x 26 in. (60.9 x 66 cm)