Tibet, famous lamas (2)

 

15th century, Tibet, Gelugpa Chowang Gyaltsen,

15th century, Tibet, Bodong Panchen Chowang Gyaltsen, brass, copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

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.

Chowang Gyaltsen, 15th c., Tibet, c.a.+cop. inlay, lotus in palm

His palms and soles are incised with lotus flowers.

15th century, Tibet, Chogle Namgyal, copper alloy with paint, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

15th century, Tibet, Chogle Namgyal, copper alloy with paint, private collection, photo by Rossi & Rossi.

17th century, Tibet, Chogle Namgyal,

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.

 

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