The inscription on the back identifies him as the second dalai lama, Gedun Gyatso (1475-1542), who became the abbot of Sera monastery in 1525. His monastic robe and meditation cloak are incised with a lotus pattern. The draping is ample and loose, in the Chinese style, the lower part covers both feet and is neatly arranged into the shape of a lotus flower on top of the double-lotus base. He holds a manuscript in his left hand and does the teaching/discussion gesture with the other.
The third dalai lama, Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588) is seated with both hands in the meditation gesture. His right arm and his right foot are bare. His garments are incised with a lotus motif and draped in the Chinese style.
The fourth dalai lama, Yonten Gyatso (1589-1617), holds a group of three jewels or triratna in his left hand and the stem of a lotus in the other. He wears a plain lower garment that covers both feet, an upper garment with a finely incised hem, a meditation cloak.