Jewelled Padmasambhava Bodhisattva - Gilt Bronze, Gold Painting and Turquoise - Sino Tibetan - late 20th century

Jewelled Padmasambhava Bodhisattva - Gilt Bronze, Gold Painting and Turquoise - Sino Tibetan - late 20th century
Good condition, see description

This is a beautiful, gilt bronze ( fire gilding technique), Tantric Padmasambhava with Gold and Colour Painted (cold gilding) face, and ritual colour, with Turquoise stones that I've reset.

Padmasambhava  (lit. "Lotus-Born"), also known as Guru Rinpoche, was an 8th-century Buddhist master from the Indian subcontinent. There are 8 different representations of Padmasambhava with different iconography, according to the 8 stages of his life or manifestations. This is one is the Guru Pema Jungle version, seen as how he appeared to the Tibetans at the time.

He is shown sitting on a lotus, dressed in the three robes of a monk, under which he wears a blue shirt, pants and heavy Tibetan boots, as protection against the cold. He holds the diamond-scepter of compassionate love in his right hand and the yogi's skull-bowl of clear wisdom in his left. He has a special trident called khatvanga of a wandering Yogi, and wears on his head a Nepalese cloth crown, stylistically designed to remind one of the shape of a lotus flower.

The five-petalled lotus hat has:

Three points symbolizing the three kayas,

Five colours symbolizing the five kayas,

A sun and moon symbolizing skilful means and wisdom,

A vajra top to symbolize unshakable samadhi

A vulture's feather to represent the realization of the highest view.

His two eyes are wide open in a piercing gaze.

The khaṭvāńga is a particular divine attribute of Padmasambhava and intrinsic to his iconographic representation. It is a danda/rod with three severed heads denoting the three kayas (dry, fresh and rotten, the three bodies of a Buddha, the dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya), crowned by a trishula, and dressed with a sash of the Himalayan Rainbow or Five Pure Lights of the Mahabhuta. The iconography is utilized in various Tantric cycles by practitioners as symbols to hidden meanings in transmitted practices.

Five strips of silk symbolize the five wisdoms.

The khaṭvāńga is removable.

The base is sealed and has a copper consecration plate with a vajra bolt symbol stamp.

I've painstakingly reset the empty jewellery settings with 10 quality Natural untreated Persian Turquoise. Turquoise is thought to bring calmness and good luck ( Only 3% of Turquoise is untreated. I was a successful and acclaimed Jewellery Designer in Soho, London in the 1990s).

Turquoise x 10
(Moh scale Hardness 5-6)


Although typical of pieces from 16th-18th Century, I believe this from the late 20th, or early 21st century.

A delightful Collectors piece, powerful Buddhist Altar statue, gift, or powerful interior design statement ( for instance in a Yoga Studio)

Stored under Buddhist conditions in my meditation room, in my Buddhist Retreat studio.

Please see the photos for its appearance under different lighting conditions.

CONDITION: Good. Wear, minor oxidization, corrosion, dark patina, dust, blemishes,loss of gilt, loss of painting, pitting, small scratches, small casting faults and irregularities, consistent with type and age of manufacture.

AGE: late 20th century or early 21st century.


Length:135mm / 5.5inch approximately

Width:100mm / 4 inch approximately

Height:220mm / 9 inch approximately

Weight:1kg /2.2 lbs approximately

Carefully packaged and shipped tracked and signed insured.

Lot details
Gilt bronze
Late 20th century
Region/ Country of origin
Sino Tibetan
Title of artwork
Jewelled Padmasambhava Bodhisattva - Gilt Bronze, Gold Painting, Ritual Colour and Turquoise
Good condition, see description
220×100×135 mm
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