16th-17th century, Tibet, Tsugla(g) Gyatso, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on AJ Speelman.
Identified through an inscription on the base, Tsuglag/Tsuklak Gyatso, the third ‘pawo rinpoche’, holds a manuscript in his left hand and displays a wheel incised in the palm of his right hand, whose fingers express debate/teaching.
18th century, Tibet, Gampopa, painted wood, at the Newark Museum (USA).
The founder of the Kagyu order is depicted with a wide gaze and frowning eyebrows, his right hand calling Earth to witness, the other in the gesture of meditation.
16th century, Tibet, Tsang province, Kunga Drolchog, metal (brass), is or was at the Matho monastery, photo on HAR , biographical notes on Himalayan Art
A portrait of a deified Kunga Drolchog holding the stem of lotuses that support a vajra sceptre and a bell.
Undated (circa 16th century?), Tibet, Kunga Drolchog, bronze with turquoise inlay, item 7891 on HAR.
The same lama, holding a flaming jewel in his left hand.
16th-17th century, Tibet, Jamyang Palden Rinchen, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Sotheby’s
An inscription on the lotus base identifies this Tibetan teacher who, according to Sotheby’s, lived during the 15th century.
18th century, Tibet, Dragpa Gyaltsen, gilt bronze with silver and copper inlay, at the British Museum in London (UK).
This teacher usually holds a vajra sceptre and a bell in his hands crossed over his heart and wears a layman’s attire (covering both arms).
See biographical notes on HAR