Tibet, famous lamas (7)

15th century, Tibet, ‘sPyan snga Grags pa byung gnas’ (Chennga Drakpa Jungne), gilt copper, is or was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Drakpa Jungne (1176-1255), one of the abbots of  the famous Densatil monastery, wears patched garments richly decorated with an incised motif,  the seams marked with beading. His face is painted with cold gold and pigments, the hair is dyed blue, a small vajra sceptre is placed before him on the lotus base.

15th century, Tibet, Dragpa Yungne, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Boran Asian Art, published on http://www.boranasianart.com.

A strikingly similar portrait of this personage, seated on a slightly different lotus base.

15th-16th century circa, Tibet, Gampopa Sonam Rinchen, polychrome stone, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Gampopa Sonam Rinchen (1079-1153) was a doctor before entering the Kadam order and eventually founding a Kagyu monastery (Daklha Gampo) and becoming a teacher.

The ‘man from Gampo’ holds a flaming jewel between his cupped hands.

16th century, Tibet, Tenzin Lhundrup, bronze (copper alloy), labelled ‘Mahasiddha’, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This lama has a mahasiddha appearance because he was a (Tibetan) teacher of the Naropa tradition. His braided hair is topped with a half-vajra finial and he holds a vajra sceptre and a skull cup. He is adorned with beaded jewellery and accessories with a large floral design (anti-caste) and sits on a human hide.

16th century circa, Tibet, Yuthok Yonten Gonpo, Tibetan Brass Traditions, was at the Jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

Yuthok Yonten (the elder), an  8th century physician, probably held a medicine jar or a long-life vase in his cupped hands.  His face is painted with cold gold and pigments. His hair is split into three bunches (trishiki) and two long strands dropping over his shoulders.

16th century, Eastern Tibet, Yuthok Yönten Gonpo or Tangtong Gyalpo, copper with pigments, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

The right hand is held in the teaching gesture and holds a pill between the thumb and forefinger, the left hand sustains a long-life vase.


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