Tibet, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo

15th century, Tibet, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158), spiritual leader and Sakya master, is seated in the lotus position, clad in a richly incised gown inlaid with copper, held in place with a small belt. His right hand does the generosity mudra, his left hand holds the stem of a lotus and does the teaching mudra.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, 15th c., Tibet, c.a.+ c.+s., close up

The eyes are inlaid with silver, the lips with copper, he has a small moustache and goatee, a beard below the jaw line, the elongated and pierced ears of the buddha.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Tibet, 15th c., lotus in palm

A lotus flower is incised in the palm of each hand.

Same as before

Same as before

We see him here  without the moustache and goatee, seated on a single-lotus base with elongated petals going downwards, a long-stem lotus at shoulder level.

15th century

15th century, Tibet, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, copper alloy, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

On this idealised portrait, his youthful face is painted with cold gold and there is an urna on his forehead.

15th-16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

15th-16th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

This work depicts him with a ritual water pot in his left hand.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Tibet, 15th-16th century, brass with copper and silver inlay, photo by Mossgreen.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, Tibet, 15th-16th century, copper alloy with copper inlay, photo by Mossgreen.

16th century, Tibet,

16th century, same as before.

On the two pictures above, the lotuses support a book (on his left) and a sword (we only see the hilt coming out of the flower). He holds a small vase for offerings or kalasa topped with a flaming jewel or cintamani.

 

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