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