A gilt-bronze figure of Padmasambhava 16th century

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Lot 271
A gilt-bronze figure of Padmasambhava
16th century

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 11,000 - 17,000
A gilt-bronze figure of Padmasambhava
16th century
With alert face, wearing a distinctive pointed cap and an elegantly-pleated robe with delicate floral patterns, holding a vajra in his raised right hand and a skull cup in his left, with a flaming trident above skulls leaning again his left elbow, seated on a double-lotus base.
20.2cm (8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 十六世紀 銅鎏金蓮花生像

    Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche or Precious Teacher, is highly revered by all four great Buddhist sects in Tibet, where the Tibetans refer him as the second Buddha.

    The present lot can be clearly identified as Padmasambhava from his characteristic attributes of the vajra crown, the earrings, the cloud lappet collar and the attributes of the vajra and the skull cup he is holding together with the khatvanga trident in his arm.

    A similar figure of Padmasambhava is illustrated in Portraits of the Masters: Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages by D.Dinwiddie, Chicago and London, 2003, p.110, no.12.

    此尊頭戴蓮花帽,雙目圓睜,神態莊嚴,輪廓刻畫生動。右手持金剛杵,左手托嘎巴拉碗,左肩挾三叉戟杖,均為蓮花生的典型法器。身着交領式長袍,外披袈裟,雲形領口,全衣刻細膩花卉紋。跏跌坐於仰覆蓮座上。整驅體現了蓮花生造像的特點。

    蓮花生大師對西藏佛教有着極其深刻的影響,在西藏受到廣泛崇拜,也被稱為第二佛陀。

    另一件相似蓮花生像可參考2003年芝加哥和倫敦出版D.Dinwiddie著《Portraits of the Masters: Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages》,頁110,圖版12。
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