A portrait of a lama, perhaps Phagmo Drupa (1010-1070) Tibet, 12th century
Lot 1098
A portrait of a lama, perhaps Phagmo Drupa (1010-1070) Tibet, 12th century
US$ 7,000 - 10,000
£4,200 - 6,000
Auction Details
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Lot Details
Property from the Estate of Ralph Benkaim
A portrait of a lama, perhaps Phagmo Drupa (1010-1070)
Tibet, 12th century
Brass, inlaid with copper and silver; the squat lama with his hands in bhumisparsa and dhyana mudras, his thick patch-work robes inlaid at the seams with silver and a enveloping mediation cloak heavily pleated at the back. His large ovoid head rendered with a happy expression of squinting eyes and wide smiling mouth. His portrait is complete with a receding hair line and large flared ears.
2¾ in. (7.0 cm) high

Footnotes

  • A small sculpture of a smiling lama identified as Kagyu master Lama Shang, see Dinwinddie, Portraits of the Masters, 2003, no 36, p. 176. Also see Amy Heller, Early Himalayan Art, Ashmolean, 2008, no.56; von Schroeder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, 1981, no. 36B; Jackson, Patron and Painter: Situ Panchen, 2009, fig. 2.25, p. 36 and 3.1 p. 39.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from a private collection in 1986
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