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).
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.