A repousse copper figure of Padmasambhava
16th century, Tibet
Height: 16 cm, 6.3 inches
Seated cross legged on a single lotus base, the Guru also known as Rinpoche holds a vajra in front of his chest in the right hand, and a skull cup (kapala) in his left hand that rests near his lap. He wears the heavy boots and robes of the Tibetan nobility and these are finely decorated with floral scrolls, as is the separately cast mitre that crowns his head.