Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup

15th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, brass, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, brass, photo by Christie’s.

Sonam Lhundrup (1456-1531), abbot of Mustang, wears a patched robe topped with a meditation cloak and holds a manuscript (sutra) in his left hand, his right hand in the teaching or discussion gesture (vitarka mudra). He sits on a double-lotus with plump elongated petals that curl at the end and a row of thick beading on each side, over a tall plain base that bears an inscription.

Sonam Lhundrup, Tibet, 15th c., brass, close up

His eyes are inlaid with silver. Parts of his garments are incised with a floral and cloud motif.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection.

In this deified portrait he has two lotuses at shoulder level supporting a book and a sword. He holds a long-life vase in his left hand. His eyes are inlaid with silver, part of his upper garment is inlaid with copper. The double-lotus base has shorter and thinner petals. He has unusually long limbs and a small head that contrasts with the rest of the body.

Early 16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy.

Early 16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

A sturdier Sonam Lhundrup holds his right hand in the charity or varada mudra and the other in the meditation mudra. There is a silver-inlaid lotus in the palm of his hands. Part of his garments is incised and inlaid with silver and copper.

Early 16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy

Early 16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy with silver inlay, published by Carlo Cristi.

This is another deified version of the abbot with two lotuses that support a book and the (broken) hilt of a sword. We can see the inscription that identifies him, on the lower part of the base.

16th century, Tibet,

16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, brass, private collection.

This brass version shows him with his head down, doing a different gesture with the right hand and holding flaming jewels topped with a pearl in the other. The hem of his garments is incised with a floral motif.

16th century

16th century, Tibet,  Sonam Lhundrup, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, made in Lo Manthang by Namkha Drag, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Here, the robe is inlaid with copper and he holds a round flaming jewel in his left hand.

Undated, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup,

Undated, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, brass with copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

On this similar sculpture, the vest is inlaid with copper and the hem of his garments is decorated with inlaid copper and silver motifs, including lotus flowers. The broken lotus to his right probably supported the hilt of a sword. He holds flaming jewels in his left hand and has a lotus incised in the palm of his right hand.

Sonam Lhundrup, Tibet, undated, brass+cop. inlay, reverse

The design of the lotus base points to the 15th-16th century. The hem of the patches on his cloak is incised with cloud motifs.

16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup

16th century, Tibet, Sonam Lhundrup, brass, same as above.

If  this is indeed Sonam Lhundrup, it is a rare sculpture of him with a youthful appearance, wearing the Sakya hat.

Sonam Lhundrup, Tibet, 16thc., brass, close up

His hands do the dharmacakra mudra, the hem of his garments is incised with lotus flowers.

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