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.
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.
A lotus flower is incised in the palm of each hand.
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.
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.
This work depicts him with a ritual water pot in his left hand.
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.