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A gilt copper alloy figure of a Lama, most likely Sonam Tsemo, Tibet, probably 16/17th century.

40 000 - 60 000 SEK
3 580 - 5 360 EUR
3 790 - 5 690 USD
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65 000 SEK
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Cecilia Nordström
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A gilt copper alloy figure of a Lama, most likely Sonam Tsemo, Tibet, probably 16/17th century.

The Lama is seated in lalitasana on a double-lotus base with scrolled petal tips and beaded rims, with his right hand raised, his left hand holds a scripts with incised Tibetan letters, the first three letters translates as 'lam'. He is dressed in heavy robes with foliate-incised hems, clad in boots, his face has a serene expression with a steady gaze. His facial expression conveys tenderness and serenity that allow the viewers to immerse themselves in its contemplative presence. The bronze body is covered in thick gilding with its base securely sealed and finely carved with a double-vajra. Face and hair with later cold gilt painting. Height 17 cm.



From the Collection of Heidi Boyce Broström (1943-2022) and Dan Axel Broström (1915-1976).

Dan Axel Broström was the third-generation ship-owner in the prestigious Broström Company group. When he took over the firm in 1949 they had 18 000 employees.
The Canadian model and geologist Heidi was Dan-Axel Broströms third wife, the couple lived at the fashionable Särö, a few miles south of Gothenburg.


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Sonam Tsemo (1142-82) held office as Sakya monastery's 'throne-holder' (Sakya Tridzin) for only three short years before passing it to his younger brother so that he could devote his life to unencumbered study. He never married or fathered children, preferring the life of a retreatant, yet Sonam Tsemo remained a lay practitioner, indicated by his long-sleeved cloak. Revered for his scholasticism as the Sakya's Second Founding Patriarch (Jetsun Gongma Nga), his foundational texts include a commentary on the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva, explanations on the final two chapters of the Hevajra root tantra, instructions for reading Sanskrit, and Door to the Dharma, a text giving an overview of all of the Buddha's teachings. 

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Tibetan Buddhist art integrated previous artistic traditions into a new style which became highly realistic and influential. The spiritual aura radiating from the figure is rendered dynamically by the skillful craftsmanship.

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