The founder of the Bhutanese kagyu order is often depicted as an elderly man with a thin moustache and goatee, seated at ease on a Bhutanese-style lotus base, coiffed with the drukpa kagyu fan-shaped hat. In this case he holds a manuscript in his right hand and a vase of longevity in the other.
The cavity of the lotus base is filled with scrolls.
A teacher seated on a similar lotus base, with lobed petals overlapping and going upward, his left hand in the gesture of debate. He probably held a manuscript in his right hand.
17th-18th century, Bhutan, Ngawang Namgyal, gilt copper (alloy?), private collection, photo on Hanhai Auction