Tibet, Düsum Khyenpa

Undated, Tibet, 1st karmapa,

Undated, Tibet, 1st karmapa, copper alloy with cold gold and pigments, published on karmapa900.org

Seated on a 15th century-style double lotus base, Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193) does the ‘turning the wheel of dharma’ gesture with both hands. The edge of his robe is incised with a floral pattern. His hat, decorated with a double thunderbolt or visvajra, a crescent moon and a gem, corresponds to a style introduced from China during the 15th century. The first karmapas actually wore flat caps (see the Himalayan Art Resources website on this topic).

15th-16th century, Tibet, 1st karmapa, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

15th-16th century, Tibet, 1st karmapa, gilt copper alloy, photo by Koller.

This  work depicts him with both hands ‘calling Earth to witness’. The edge of his robe is decorated with a geometrical pattern. His hat is bulkier and has a lower rim, no finial, and a simplified pattern at the front.

 

 

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