Padmasambhava

15th century

Object

Country

Object Info

Object: figurine
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1980.57

Medium/Technique

bronze with silver, copper and turquoise inlay

Credit

Gift of Mrs. Florence J. Reust in memory of her son, Mr. Ralph Jacobs

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Dimensions

height: 8.625 in, 21.9075 cm; width: 5.25 in, 13.3350 cm; diameter: 4 in, 10.1600 cm

Department

Asian

Known Provenance

At least December 1979-July 1980, Doris Wiener [b. 1923, d. 2011], Doris Wiener Gallery, New York; 1980, DAM Collection, gift of Mrs. Florence J. Reust [b. 1889, d. 1989] in memory of her son, Mr. Ralph Jacobs.

Inscription

Characters near bottom of base; To all who see this form of Lopon Padmasambhava, may all be protected by virtuous conduct, may all accumulate immeasurable virtue, may (all) realize the land of Orgyen.

Extended Info

Padmasambhava Tibet 1400s Bronze with silver, copper and turquoise inlay Gift of Mrs. Florence J. Ruest in memory of her son, Mr. Ralph W. Jacobs 1980.57 Padmasambhava means “lotus-born” and refers to the legend that he was found on a lotus in a lake in Northwest India. He is greatly revered in Tibet as a founder of the Nyingma (Red Hat) order of Buddhism and the country’s first monastery, Samye. He sits here in his customary position on a lotus blossom, easily recognizable in his eagle-feathered cap and with his traditional attributes of dorje thunderbolt, skull cup, and khatvanga staff. The decoration of the robes and the copper and silver on the eyes and lips dramatize this idealized image.