Tibet, Namgyal Dragpa Zangpo

14th-15th century, Tibet, Namgyal Dragpa Zangpo, copper alloy with traces of gilding and resin, at the Walters Art Museum (USA).

14th-15th century, Tibet, Namgyal Dragpa Zangpo, copper alloy with gilding, at the Walters Art Museum (USA).

This lama, from the Kagyu order, is identified through the inscription on the base. He is wearing tight-fitting monastic garments and a meditation cloak made of brocade, the bottom partly folded under his knees and neatly arranged over the double-lotus base. He holds a rosary made of human bone or mala with both hands. His gentle moon-like face with almond-shaped eyes, broad nose and generous lips is typical of Tibetan works. His small hat has a five-jewel emblem at the front, a crescent moon and a sun disc above.

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