A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A BEARDED SAKYA LAMA TIBET, 14TH – 15TH CENTURY
Himalayan Art Resources item no. 68308
Arte Buddhista Tibetana: Dei e Demoni dell' Himalaya, Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin, June-September 2004.
Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2005-2017, on loan.
Casting the Divine: Sculptures of the Nyingjei Lam Collection, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2012-2013.
The lama and upper throne element are richly fire-gilt, while the lower lotus petal base and reverse remain ungilded. The plump and full-bodied physical modelling, the short neck and wide eyes are highly emblematic of the ambient Newari aesthetic driving the ateliers of Central Tibet throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Compare the facial type, finely arched brows, and bodily proportion of the current work with a fourteenth century thangka depicting Virupaksha and Vaishravana from the Tamashige Tibet Collection, sold in our New York rooms, 19th March 2014, lot 90.