Tibet, various dalai lamas

16th century, Tibet, 2nd Dalai Lama, private collection, published on lotusinthemud.

16th century, Tibet, 2nd Dalai Lama, private collection, published on lotusinthemud.typepad.com

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.

16th-17th century, Tibet, 3rd Dalai Lama, gilt copper, private collection.

16th-17th century, Tibet, 3rd Dalai Lama, gilt copper, at the Hermitage in St Petersburg, published on newworldencyclopedia.com.

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.

17th century circa, Tibet, 4th Dalai Lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

17th century circa, Tibet, 4th Dalai Lama, gilt copper alloy, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

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.

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, 5th Dalai Lama, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

18th century, Tibet, gilt copper alloy, 5th Dalai Lama, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

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