Tibet, famous lamas (1)

15th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

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).

15th century (or later?), Tibet, Zhangton Konchok Pel, gilt copper alloy, photo by Sotheby's.

15th century, Tibet, Sonam Pel, gilt copper alloy, photo by Sotheby’s.

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.

15th century, Tibet, Zhangton Konchok Pel, copper alloy,

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.

16th century, Tibet, Dondrup Sangpo, copper alloy, photo by Galerie Hioco.

16th century, Tibet, Dondrub Zangpo, copper alloy, private collection.

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.

Undated, Tibet, Drugpa Kunley,

Undated, Tibet, Drugpa Kunley, bronze with cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

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.

16th-17th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper inlay, at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK).

16th-17th century, Tibet, copper alloy with copper inlay, at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK).

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.

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