Tibet, famous lamas (3)

15th century, Tibet, Changchub Gyaltsen, gilt copper alloy

15th century circa, Tibet, Changchub Gyaltsen, gilt copper, private collection.

This Tai Situ lama, who lived in the second half of the 14th century, is seated on a typical  Yongle-style lotus base, dressed in monastic garments with an incised hem, his hands in the dharmacakra mudra. Portrayed as an elderly man, he has a long silver-inlaid beard and silver-inlaid eyes.

16th century, Tibet, Chokyi Palsang, copper alloy, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th century circa, Tibet, Chokyi Palsang, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Chokyi Palsang was a Tibetan translator of Indian Buddhist texts during 11th to 12th centuries. He wears the flat red cap (separately made out of copper) associated with his profession and holds a manuscript/book. He has silver-inlaid eyes and a silver-inlaid beard.

Undated, Tibet, Lhachog Sengge, ivory, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Undated, Tibet, Lhachog Sengge, ivory, at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Lhachog Sengge became abbot of the Ngor monastery during the first part of the 16th century. He holds a flaming jewel in his left hand and does the vitarka mudra (debate or teaching) with the other. He wears the same cap as the previous figure and a cloak over his monastic robe that covers his shoulders and forearms.

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