Tibet, Kagyu lamas with hat

On the excellent Himalayan Art Resources website (see link in left-hand column), there is a page devoted to ‘Religious Hats of the Himalayas’.

14th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, brass and pigment, photo by Koller.

14th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, brass and pigment, photo by Koller.

On sculptures, the drugpa or drukpa hat of the Kagyu order is like a crown, slightly pointed at the front. Sometimes it is made of plain metal.

same as before. Private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

14th century, Tibet, Kagyu Drugpa lama, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

16th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, gilt copper with turquoise inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby's.

16th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, gilt copper with turquoise inlay and pigments, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

16th century, Tibet, Kagyu Drugpa lama, gilt copper with turquoise inlay, private collection.

16th century, Tibet, Kagyu Drugpa lama, gilt copper with turquoise inlay, private collection.

On other occasions the front panel is incised and/or inlaid with coral or turquoise.

15th century, Central Tibet, Kagyu Drugpa lama, gilt copper, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

15th century, Central Tibet, Kagyu Drugpa lama, gilt copper, at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (USA).

This drugpa hat has a semi-circular shape and some side flaps that fold forward. The artist has adorned it with an incised motif and coral inlay.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, copper alloy with gilding and silver, copper inlay

15th-16th century, Tibet, Kagyu lama, copper alloy with gilding and silver, copper inlay, private collection, photo by Mossgreen.

On this masterpiece, the artist has adorned the front with a crescent moon and sun disc symbol.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel.

16th-17th century, Tibet, lama, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Nagel.

This lama with a very expressive face also has a sun and moon symbol on the front of his hat. He holds a book in his left hand.

15th century, Tibet, Kagyu Drigung lama, copper alloy and copper inlay, private collection.

15th century, Tibet, Kagyu Drigung lama, copper alloy and copper inlay, private collection.

The drigung hat is similar but the sides are folded differently and they stick out slightly. His right hand does the blessing gesture, his left hand does the generosity gesture.

 

 

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