Tibet, karmapas (2)

13th century, Tibet, 2nd Karmapa, silver and cold gold.

13th century, Tibet, 2nd Karmapa, silver and cold gold.

Karma Pakshi is usually depicted seated in the lotus position, his eyes closed, his hands over his knees in the ‘calling Earth to witness’ gesture, dressed in monastic robe topped with a meditation cloak and wearing the black karmapa hat. His goatee is another distinctive feature.

16th century circa, Tibet, 2nd Karmapa, copper alloy with copper inlay and cold gold, photo by Christie's.

16th century circa, Tibet, 2nd Karmapa, copper alloy with copper inlay and cold gold, photo by Christie’s.

On this sculpture the hem of his garment is inlaid with copper.

17th century, Tibet, Silver with cold gold, private collection.

17th century, Tibet, Mikyö Dorje, Silver with cold gold, private collection.

The 8th karmapa is depicted with plain monastic garments, his right hand in the teaching gesture or vitarka mudra and his left hand in the meditation gesture. He may have been holding a manuscript in his palm, as on the (probably more modern) version below.

17th century, Tibet, Karmapa 10, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection on Himalayan Art Resources.

17th century, Tibet, 10th Karmapa, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

This is probably a self-portrait of the 10th Karmapa, Chöying Dorje (1604-1674), who was a prolific artist. He seems to have been inspired by Swat Valley-style lion thrones and Gandhara-style water pots for this composition. The arch behind him is topped with a large lotus flower and he holds a large bud in his right hand.

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