Qing dynasty, 18th century Seated at ease in lalitasana above a lotus pedestal, the youthful sage guru holding a vajra in his right hand and a skull cap containing the nectar of life, his wrathful yet smiling expression surmounted by a lotus crown and flanked by pendulous earlobes suspending earrings, wearing monastic robe fastened at the waist. 7cm high.
Padmasambhava was a monk who lived in the eighth century and travelled to Tibet, where he converted local deities and spirits to Buddhism.
Compare a larger figure of Padmasambhava illustrated in Buddhist Statues in Yonghegong, Beijing, 2002, p.131, no.1. See also another figure of Padmasambhava cast in copper alloy with inlaid silver and inset with semi-precious hardstones, illustrated in Portraits of the Masters. Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages, London, 2003, no.11.
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