Tibet, Phagmo Drupa

12th century, Tibet, Phagmo Drupa, brass with

12th century, Tibet, Phagmo Drupa, brass with copper and silver inlay, photo by Bonhams.

Phagmo Drupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110-1170) is wrapped in monastic garments topped with a meditation cloak. Originally, his name was Dorje Gyalpo, until he founded a hermitage at a place called Phagmo Drupa in 1158. This sculpture was very likely made while he was alive.

13th century, Western Tibet, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

13th century, Western Tibet, Phagmo Drupa, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

On this later work he has a large moon-like face painted with cold gold and pigments in a very realistic manner, especially the eyes, which differs noticeably from the previous one.

13th century, Tibet, Phagmo Drupa, copper alloy, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

13th century, Tibet, Phagmo Drupa, copper alloy, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

On all three sculptures, his right hand is in the ‘calling Earth to witness’ gesture while the left hand is in the meditation one.

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