The lama holds a manuscript in his left hand and does the vitarka mudra (debate or teaching gesture) with the other. His eyes and lips are inlaid with copper.
His palms and soles are incised with lotus flowers.
17th century or earlier, Tibet, Bodong Panchen Chogle Namgyal, copper alloy with pigment, private collection, photo by Christie’s.
The Bodong tradition is a minor school of Tibetan Buddhism. Its main monastery was at Bodong E, in Southern Tibet.