Seated on a double lotus base, this teacher holds his right hand out in the gesture of supreme generosity. He wears the usual monastic garments (a vest, a lower garment, a robe that leaves the right arm uncovered).
This remarkable work is made of dark copper alloy with traces of cold gold, silver inlay for the eyes, the beaded seams and some of the diamonds on the blanket, brass inlay for the rest of the diamonds and part of the teacher’s vest. He is seated on an antelope or deer skin over a cushion atop a lotus supported by a stepped throne covered with a checked blanket and decorated with two snow lions. He holds a long-life vase in his left hand and some chain links in the other. The lotus to his left side supports the effigy of a lama.
The gilding on this dark copper alloy statue is partly worn through years of devotion. The lama’s left hand does the meditation gesture, the other is calling Earth to witness. There is a thunderbolt sceptre (vajra) before him on the lotus base.
Phagmo Drupa wears a thick meditation cloak with beaded seams.
Wrapped in a Chinese-style gown with an embroidered border, Sonam Tsemo does the “turning the wheel of dharma” with his hands. His eyes are inlaid with silver.