Tibet, various lamas (6)

15th century, Central Tibet, Tsang, Sangye Pel, copper alloy with silver inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This master, also known as Buddhashri and identified though an inscription on the base, was closely related to the Ngor monastery, where he taught several of the abbots. In this deified portrait, he holds the stem of lotuses that support a book and the hilt of a sword.

His patched garments and bonnet are incised in a skilful manner typical of the Tsang atelier.

16th century, Tibet, Sangye Pel, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Here he is framed by two lotuses, one of them topped with a vajra-handled bell (ghanta).

14th-15th centuyr, Tibet, Sengge Gyaltsen, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This lama, with both hands in the meditation gesture, has a kind of medallion at the front of his vest and wears a pointed cap which contributes to the pyramidal aspect of the sculpture.

His meditation coat is beautifully incised throughout-

Same as before.

He looks somewhat older here but wears the same type of vest with an effigy of a lama at the front.

 

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