An inscription on the back identifies this lama as Chogle Namgyal, from the Bodong E monastery. He sits on a single lotus base, his hands in the teaching and understanding gestures, holding the stem of lotuses that support a sword (to his right) and a manuscript (to his left).
An inscription on the back of this sculpture identifies the lama as Chöje Draphupa Sonam Pel (1277-1346) of the Sakya school, who received teachings on the Lamdre tradition. The way his monastic garments are draped and the double-lotus pedestal indicate a Chinese influence.
16th century, Tibet, Zhangton Konchok Pel, copper alloy, photo by Koller.
Zhangton Konchok Pel (1250-1317), famous teacher (lama) of the Lamdre tradition, who developed a system of meditation, is seated in the lotus position, his hands in the teaching and charity gestures. His eyes are inlaid with silver and his lips with copper, there is an urna on his forehead. The upper hem of his garments is delicately incised with foliage and lotus flowers. His sits on a double-lotus base with elongated plump petals that curl at the end, two rows of thick beading, a tall plain rim which bears an inscription with his name. This design is common among 15th and 16th century works.
The inscription on the front identifies this lama as Dondrub Zangpo. His eyes are inlaid with silver, there is an urna on his forehead. The flatter and shorter petals on the double-lotus base and the lower plain rim are typical of 16th century works.
This more recent sculpture depicts Drugpa (or Drukpa) Kunley, from the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, seated on an antelope skin, holding a bow and an arrow in his hands. He has long curly hair combed back, with long strands falling over his shoulders.
Sangye Pel (1339-1420), a famous Tibetan teacher also known as Buddhashri, holds a manuscript in his left hand and does the teaching gesture with the other. His eyes are inlaid with silver and his lips with copper, there is an urna on his forehead.