Antique Tibetan silver statue of Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, an 8th century Buddhist master in India. He is said to have lead the first Nyingma traditionalist teachings in Tibet, the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He sits on a lotus throne, holding a vajra in his right hand and, in the other, a kapala (skull cup) filled with the elixir of life, the vase of longevity, topped with a small tree to grant wishes. The long staff weapon at his side is a khatvanga, his main attribute, with three severed heads denoting the three bodies of a Buddha, topped with a trishula or trident, and wrapped in the sash of the Five Pure Lights. The base of the statue is incised with a lotus. 19th century .
Size: 3.25" L x 2" W x 4" H