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.
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.