Tibet, Gyalwa Gotsangpa

16th-17th century, Tibet, copper alloy, at the Newark Museum (USA)

16th-17th century, Tibet, Gyalwa Gotsangpa, copper alloy, at the Newark Museum (USA).

This is a late portrait of Gyalwa Gotsangpa (1189-1258), who started the tradition of circumambulation of Mount Kailash. His eyes have been inlaid with silver, his lips and part of the hem of his garment seem to have been inlaid with copper. He wears the tall rounded hat of the Drukpa (or Drugpa) Kagyu school. His right hand does the teaching gesture or vitarka mudra; the other, the meditation mudra.

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