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4. A Lama
Tibet
circa 17th century
Gilt copper alloy
6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) high

A Lama

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.
Baseplate missing.

Published
Dinwiddie, Donald. Portraits of the Masters: Bronze Sculptures of the Tibetan Buddhist Lineages. United Kingdom: Pallas Athene, 2003., pp. 350-1, no. 105.

Published & Exhibited
Monasterios y Lamas del Tibet, p. 221, no. 196.

Himalayan Art Resources item no. 2296.

Price On Request

Detail: alternate view 3/4 profile left
Detail: back
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