Tibet, famous lamas (5)

15t-16th century, Tibet, Chöje Shakya Yeshe, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Chöje Shakya Yeshe, gilt copper, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Chöje Shakya Yeshe, who founded the Sera monastery (Gelug order), is depicted in a ‘deified lama’ appearance, seated in the vajra position on a double-lotus base, his hands doing the dharmacakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma) and holding the stem of lotus flowers that support a vajra and a vajra-handled bell (ghanta) respectively. He is adorned with a  crown topped with a half vajra and wears richly incised monastic garments.

15th century, Tibet, Lhodrag Kenchen Lekyi Dorje, copper alloy,

15th century, Tibet, Lhodrag Kenchen Lekyi Dorje, copper alloy, as before.

This lama holds lotuses that support the traditional vajra and a ghanta (the handle is missing). His hat, a combination of the crown-like hat and the pandita hat with flaps, corresponds to the Nyingma tradition.

16th century, Tibet or the Himalayan region, Jamyang Lodro Sengge, copper alloy,

16th century, Tibet or the Himalayan region, Jamyang Lodro Sengge, copper alloy, as before.

This Drugpa Kagyu lama, abbot of Ralung monastery, is holding a book/manuscript. He wears richly incised monastic garments, including a meditation cloak that covers both shoulders and one arm and is artistically arranged over the lotus base at the front.

Jamyang Lodro Sengge, Tibet or Him., 16th c., brass, Drugpa Kagyu, close up

There is a curious adornment, inlaid with stones, placed over his hat.

Jamyang Lodro Sengge, Tibet or Him., 16th c., brass, Drugpa Kagyu, back

We will notice that in most cases the back of the lotus base on ancient Tibetan sculptures is plain.

 

15th century, Tibet, Tsondru Tashi, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie's.

15th century, Tibet, Tsondru Tashi, copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This one holds a long-life vase in his left hand and does a blessing gesture with the other. He wears monastic garments with a decorated hem, his robe leaves one arm uncovered. His eyes are inlaid with silver, the front of his hat is inlaid with silver and copper.

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