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Segment of a Throne or Aureole, 16th century

Tibet, 1500-1599
Gilt-copper repoussé
16-1/2 x 13-1/2 in. (41.9 x 34.3 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

On view

Part of a throne or an aureole for a large Buddha image, this panel is covered with intricate designs. The central figure of the panel is Bodhisattva Samamabhadra identified by the deity’s elephant mount. He is flanked by a mythical half-feline, half-avian creature known as a sardula. Along the edge of the panel is a series of four seated Buddha figures emanating from the tail of a kinnara, a half-man, half-avian creature.

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