Tibet, Karma Pakshi

14th century circa, Tibet, Karmapa 2, Karma Pakshi, copper alloy with copper inlay, photo by Christie's.

14th century circa, Tibet, Karmapa 2, Karma Pakshi, copper alloy with copper inlay, photo by Christie’s.

Same as before, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, Karma Pakshi, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The second karmapa , Karma Pakshi (1204-1283) is depicted seated in the lotus position with both hands on the ‘calling Earth to witness’ gesture. He has a broad face and a small goatee. On these early scultpures, there is a thunderbolt or vajra placed before him.

15th century, Tibet, Karma Pakshi, brass, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Karma Pakshi, brass, photo by Christie’s.

He wears the black crown-like hat that distinguishes karmapas from other Tibetan hierarchs.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Karma Pakshi, gilt copper alloy, on fradive.webs.ull.es

16th-17th century, Tibet, Karma Pakshi, gilt copper alloy, on fradive.webs.ull.es

Eastern Tibet,

Eastern Tibet, 17th century, Karma Pakshi, gilt copper alloy, private collection

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