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.
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.
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.
There is a curious adornment, inlaid with stones, placed over his hat.
We will notice that in most cases the back of the lotus base on ancient Tibetan sculptures is plain.
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.