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Tibetan Lama

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India Anonymous,
Tibetan Lama, c. 1800
Copper
5 1/8 in. x 2 15/16 in. x 2 1/2 in. (13.02 cm x 7.46 cm x 6.35 cm)


Object Type: Statuary
Technique: Cast
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Vladimar S. Aronovici
Accession Number: 95.3.19


Marks
No marks.

Medium
Cast copper.

Object Description
Statue of a seated lama or priest in lotus position, with large earrings, a mustache, and long hair. The priest wears a tunic and cape decorated with characters (circles with crosses, and crossed dots), and the peaked cap of the yellow order. He sits on a lotus base, which has a dorje symbol engraved on the bottom, which is accompanied by four holes drilled into the base. Something rattles inside the statue. He holds a two-flag staff. The figure may be the seventh century King of Tibet (Song-Tsen Gampo) who brought Buddhism to Tibet, and whose symbol is a long staff with ribbons.

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