Tibet, Wangchuk Dorje

16th century, Eastern Tibet, Karmapa 9, Wangchuk Dorje, silver with cold gold and pigment, photo by Albuquerque Museum.

16th century (1698), Eastern Tibet, 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje, silver with cold gold and pigment, photo by Albuquerque Museum.

Wrapped in plain monastic garment, the 9th karmapa has his right hand in the teaching gesture and his left hand in the meditation gesture. He holds, over the generous draping of his robe, what looks like a palm leaf from a manuscript. He probably wore a  karmapa hat, now missing.

17th century, Tibet, 9th karmapa, photo by the Liverpool Museum.

17th century, Tibet, 9th karmapa, gilt silver on a gilt metal base,  photo by the Liverpool Museum.

Here, Wangchuk Dorje has his right hand in the ‘calling Earth to witness’ gesture. There is a manuscript in his left hand.

Undated, Tibet, 9th karmapa

Undated, Tibet, 9th karmapa, copper alloy, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Same as above, but with the addition of a thunderbolt or vajra placed in front of him.

17th century, Tibet,

17th century, Tibet, 9th karmapa, silver with cold gold and pigments, made by the 10th karmapa, published by Ian Alsop on asianart.c0m

This was made by the 10th karmapa, Chöying Dorje, who produced quite a few sculptures made in his own particular style. The 9th karmapa is depicted with a rosary in his left hand.

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