Tibet, lama Zhang (2)

13th century, Tibet, Zhang Yudrakpa Tsondru Drakpa, gilt copper alloy with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This famous 12th century Kagyu lama with a distinctive face (popularly known as lama Shang) is usually shown wearing full monastic clothes including a patched robe and a thick meditation cloak worn over his shoulders. Here the artist has used silver for the eyes and some of the stitches on the robe and copper for the rest of the seams. His hair is dyed black.

13th century circa, Tibet, brass with copper and silver inlay, same as before.

On this equally expressive image, silver and copper have also been used but the copper is level with the brass, giving a smoother finish to the hem.

For full biographical notes on this lama:

https://www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Zhang-Yudrakpa-Tsondru-Drakpa/3182

 

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