Tibet, Dragpa Gyaltsen

15th century, Tibet, Dragpa Gyaltsen, brass with copper and silver inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation (Switzerland).

15th century, Tibet, Dragpa Gyaltsen, brass with copper and silver inlay, at the Alain Bordier Foundation (Switzerland).

Tibetan lama (teacher) Dragpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216) is depicted with abudant hair, a small beard below the jaw line, his hands crossed over his chest, holding a thunderbolt and a bell (or two thunderbolts). He is wrapped in a monastic garment with a plain copper-inlaid hem. The cloud motif on his robe is incised and/or inlaid with copper and silver. The edge of his sleeves and his eyes are inlaid with silver.

Undated, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with cold gold on face, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi.

Undated, Tibet, gilt copper alloy with cold gold on face, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi.

16th century, Tibet, Dragpa Gyaltsen, Mindroling monastery,

Early 16th century, Tibet, Dragpa Gyaltsen, gilt copper repoussé with cold gold and pigments, Mindroling monastery, exhibition on asianart.com

This very large (99cm) Chinese-style portrait  shows a handsome, older lama, with realistic features, curly white hair, thin moustache and goatee, and the jaw-line beard. The hem of his garment is decorated with incised thunderbolts, the rest is richly decorated with foliage on the upper and lower part. His right hand is doing the fear-allaying gesture, the left hand is warding off evil with the karana (or tarjani) mudra.

 

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