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.
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.
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