Tibet, Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen

Depending on the system used to list them, Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662) is either the first or the fourth Panchen Lama.

Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen, Tibet, undated, copper alloy, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on the Huntington Archive.

Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen, Tibet, undated, copper alloy, at the Tibet House Museum in New Delhi, published on the Huntington Archive.

He is depicted here with realistic facial features, seated in the lotus position, wrapped in traditional monastic garments. His right hand does the teaching gesture (vitarka mudra), the other does the meditation gesture. His feet are placed so that the sole is visible, as on sculptures of the historical buddha.

17th century, Tibet, gilt copper, at Musée Guimet (Paris).

17th century, Tibet, gilt copper, Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, at Musée Guimet (Paris).

This is an image of a somewhat older man.

17th century, Tibet, same, gilt metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th century, Tibet, same, gilt metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The idealised facial features on this sculpture are in sharp contrast with the picture above and the one below.

Undated, Tibet, same, brass, at Beijing, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Undated, Tibet, same, brass, at the Capital Museum in Beijing, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

PL1, Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen, Tibet, undated, brass, Beijing, close

He is portrayed here with very realistic (Chinese?) facial features.

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