This is a deified portrait of Kunga Gyaltsen, otherwise known as Sakya Pandita (1147-1216). The famous Tibetan scholar and spiritual leader wears a tight-fitting garment with incised hems. The lotuses on each side of him support a book (to his left) and a sword (to his right). On this rare sculpture, his hair is gathered into a chignon that forms an ushnisha and there is an urna on his forehead, two of the buddha’s marks.
Sometimes he is portrayed without lotuses or attributes.
His hat is often painted red.