A gilt copper alloy figure of Tsong Khapa Tibet, 15th century
Lot 1101
A gilt copper alloy figure of Tsong Khapa Tibet, 15th century
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A gilt copper alloy figure of Tsong Khapa Tibet, 15th century
Lot Details
Property from the Estate of Ralph Benkaim
A gilt copper alloy figure of Tsong Khapa
Tibet, 15th century
with silver and copper inlay; inscribed around the base:
Homage to the king of Dharma, Lobsang Dakpa. Built to fulfill the wish of Khetsun Dogyal tsen, made in honor of Choskyi Rgyalpo. May all be auspicious

Wearing a pandita hat and and patchwork robes, he holds his hands in the teaching pose (vitarka mudra) while holding the stems of two lotus flowers blossoming at both ears supporting on the right a wisdom sword and at the left a book. He is seated on lotus platform with a floral- incised frieze and inscription around the base.
9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm) high

Footnotes

  • For related sculptures see Lauf, Tibetan Sacred Art, pl. 44; Dinwiddle et. al, Portraits of the Masters, 2003, no. 72, p. 261; Carlton Rochell, Faces of Tibet, 2003, no. 35; Rossi and Rossi, Homage to the Holy, 2003, no. 41; Kerin, Artful Beneficence, 2009, no. 26.

    Published:
    Chandra Reedy, Himalayan Bronzes: technology, style, and choices, London, 1997, pl. C183

    Provenance:
    Private Collection California
    Acquired 1986
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