Tibet, Kunga Gyaltsen (2)

15th century, Tibet, Sakya Pandita, gilt copper alloy and lapis lazuli, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On this portrait of a young Kunga Gyaltsen, otherwise known as ‘Sakya pandita’,  the small bar of lapis lazuli inlaid in the manuscript supported by the lotus to his left is a noticeable and singular feature.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Kunga Gyaltsen, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This masterpiece depicts him older, his eyes and beard inlaid with silver. He is framed by lotuses supporting a book topped with a pearl and the hilt of a flaming sword, the hem of his garments are decorated with a chased floral pattern and his (rather oversized) hat incised with notches.

16th century, Tibet, Kunga Gyaltsen, copper alloy with copper and silver inlay, private collection, published by Rossi & Rossi.

Here the book is topped with three pearls.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Sakya Pandita, bronze with copper and silver inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Another remarkable portrait of the master, with silver-inlaid eyes and urna, copper-inlaid lips, incised hems, his head topped with a chignon like the historical buddha, seated on a double lotus base with thick beading and an inscription on the rim.

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