A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY

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Lot 3261
A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF
NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL
TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY

Sold for US$ 43,750 inc. premium
A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF
NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL
TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY
Inscription translated, 'I prostrate to Dragpukga ["Master of the Rock Cave"], who was enriched by the glory of the two goals [of oneself and others], well born from the two assemblies of merit and primordial awareness, and who was diligent in single-pointed meditation. Eighth on the left'.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.2276
16 1/4 in. (41 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏 約十七世紀 銅鎏金錘疊那札嘉普巴索郎培像

    Naza Dragpugpa Sonam Pel (c.1277-1350) is the 17th lineage holder of the lamdre teachings. He received the tantric cycle from Shangton Khonchog Pel (c.1250-1317) and transmitted it to Pelden Tsultrim (1333-89), a teacher of Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (lot 3266), who founded Ngor Monastery in 1429. The bronze's inscription includes instructions on where to place it within the lineage set it originated from.

    A highly respected teacher, Sonam Pel did not have a particularly political monastic career. He cultivated a reputation for prolonged solitary meditation, earning him the epithet 'Dragpugpa' ('Master of the Rock Cave'). Among his illustrious students were the 13th Sakya Tridzin (throne-holder) of Sakya Monastery, who received high imperial recognition from the Yuan emperor Toghon Temur (r.1333-70), and the 14th Sakya Tridzin, Lama Dampa Sonam Gyeltsen (1312-75), considered to be one of the foremost Sakya masters. Lama Dampa taught two students who would later contribute significantly to the end of the Sakya's rule over Tibet within his lifetime, Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) and the Tai Situ Changchub Gyaltsen (1302-64), the latter establishing the subsequent Phagmodrupa dynasty.

    Published
    Portraits of the Masters, pp.252-3, no.67.

    Published & Exhibited
    Monasterios y Lamas del Tibet, p.201, no.163.
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A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY
A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY
A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY
A LARGE GILT COPPER ALLOY REPOUSSÉ FIGURE OF NAZA DRAGPUGPA SONAMPEL TIBET, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY
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