Tibet, famous lamas (6)

16th century circa, Tibet, ‘Brom ston rGyal bai byung gnas’ , gilt copper, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Dromton Gyalwa Yungne, who lived during the 11th century, is depicted as a young man, wearing a Chinese silk gown, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the other held in the gesture of meditation.

13th century, Tibet, Jigten Sumgön Rinchen Pel, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

We have seen a sculpture of Jigten Sumgön/Jigten Gonpo Rinchen Pel portrayed as an old man (Cleveland Museum). Here, the founder of the Drikung Kagyu order is much younger.

13th century circa, Tibet, JIgten Sumgön, bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Early 15th century, Tibet, Chogyal Pakpa Lodro Gyaltsen, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Pakpa Lodro Gyaltsen (1235-1280), one of Sakya Pandita’s nephews, holds his hands in the ‘turning the wheel of dharma‘ gesture with his hands close together, dressed in beautifully draped Chinese silk garments.

Under his plain outer robe he wears a vest richly decorated with a chased cloud and floral pattern.

15th century, Tibet, Chöje Sonam Gyalwa, metal, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

A different character doing the same gesture but with the hands held wide apart.


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