Tibet, Thangtong Gyalpo (2)

17th century, Tibet, Tangtong Gyalpo, bronze, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

Seated on an animal skin over a throne supported by two lions and a yaksha, Thangtong (also spelt Tangtong) Gyalpo holds a chain in his right hand and a long-life vase (kalash) in the other.

17th century, Thangtong Gyalpo, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published in Grandes Lamas del Tibet and on Himalayan Art Resources.

Here the long-life vase is missing and all that remains is a sharp piece of metal in his palm. The right hand (with a broken finger) probably holds a pill between thumb and forefinger.

18th century, same, copper alloy with traces of cold gold and pigments, private collection, published on Himalayan Art Resources.

A more modern image of him seated on his cloak, over a tiger skin placed on two cushions, a chain next to him,  a bowl in his right hand, a long braid of thick hair arranged around his head.

A back view confirms that he sits on his cloak.

 

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