Tibet, Shamarpas (2)

Undated (15th-16 century?), Shamarpa 4, Chodag Yeshe Palzang, Tibet, metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

A silver statuette of the 4th shamarpa with the skin painted in cold gold, the facial features with pigments, wearing the red shamarpa hat, his hands setting the wheel of dharma into motion, possibly made during his lifetime, with an inscription on the back that identifies him.

17th century, Tibet, Shamarpa 5, Konchog Yanlag, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Wrapped in full monastic robe with a richly incised hem, the 5th shamarpa does the teaching gesture with his right hand and holds a long-life vase in the other. One would expect the hat to be red, which is the distinction between shamarpas and karmapas of the Kagyu order.

Same as before, photo by Sotheby’s, dated to the 16th century on Himalayan Art Resources,

We see him here holding the long-life vase in both hands, his vest decorated with a geometrical pattern, his outer robe with a chased floral hem, his legs wrapped in a meditation cloak with an incised floral motif. His hat displays a triratna (triple gem) at the front and is topped with a crescent moon and sun plus a (lotus bud?) finial.

17th century, Tibet, Shamarpa 6, Mipam Chokyi Wangchug, gilt metal, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

The 6th shamarpa wears the full monastic robes and has his meditation cloak folded over his left arm, the hat is missing. His left hand is stretched to hold an attribute, probably a long-life vase (or a manuscript) now lost.

Same as before, silver, photo by Sotheby’s.

This rare silver sculpture depicts the same squared-jawed 6th shamarpa seated on a cushion covered with four layers of cloth.

His hat is decorated with the visvajra, crescent moon and sun symbols.

 

 

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