4. A Lama
circa 17th century
Gilt copper alloy
6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) high
This extraordinary portrait of a Lama has not yet been identified; unfortunately there is no inscription. There can be no doubt that the sculpture was drawn from life, the face in particular is highly individualized, with the tonsure running into a beard and mustache, and the fleshy features in a calm smile. The rear of the sculpture is left ungilded.
Detail: alternate view 3/4 profile left