Tibet, famous translators

16th century, Tibet, Drogmi Lotsawa, bronze, at Museum der Kulturen, Basel (Switzerland).

16th century, Tibet, Drogmi Lotsawa, bronze, at the Museum der Kulturen, Basel (Switzerland).

Drogmi, also known as Drogmi Lotsawa (i.e. translator) Shakya Yeshe (992 – 1072?), famous translator and teacher, is seated on a small cushion, his legs folded but not quite in the lotus position, tightly wrapped in a monastic garment with an incised hem, both hands over the knees.

17th century, Tibet, Drogmi Lotsawa, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

17th century, Tibet, Drogmi Lotsawa, gilt metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art (USA).

On this sculpture, the supple folds and draping of the lower garment show a Chinese influence.  His hands do the vitarka and the chin mudras.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Go Lotsawa Zhonupel, copper alloy, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Go Lotsawa, copper alloy, private collection.

Go Lotsawa Zhonnu Pel (1392-1481), famous translator, historian and teacher, author of the ‘Blue Annals’, is portrayed here as an elderly man, dressed in plain monastic garments.  His meditation cloak is folded over his lap and right arm, leaving his right arm and foot bare. Both hands rest over the knees.

Undated, Tibet, Marpa, private collection

Undated, Tibet, Marpa, copper alloy, private collection.

Undated, Tibet, Marpa, copper alloy, close up

Marpa Chokyi Lödro  is seated on a plain cushion, one leg unfolded. He wears richly incised garments that cover both arms. His hands are held over his knees. This sculpture is very similar to another two (gilt copper alloy) published in a previous post and dated 17th century but it may be a century earlier.

18th century, Tibet, Marpa, dry lacquer and cold gold, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Tibet, Marpa, dry lacquer and cold gold, photo by Christie’s.

 

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