A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY

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Lot 3263
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN
TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY

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A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN
TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
Inscription translated, 'Homage to Chogyal [Dharma King] Pakpa'.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.2326
6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm) high

Footnotes

  • 西藏 十五世紀早期 秋吉八思巴洛卓嘉贊銅像

    Chogyal Pakpa Lodro Gyaltsen (1235-80) is one of the most influential figures in Tibetan history, in part for what he chose not to do. Installed as the first Imperial Preceptor of the Yuan dynasty by Kublai Khan (1260-94), he declined an offer from the emperor to establish his Sakya order as the sole arbiter of the Dharma in Tibet. Pakpa's response was that the diversity of schools was healthy for the dissemination of the Dharma. Occurring against a backdrop of a century of power struggles and skirmishes with the Kagyu, Pakpa's extraordinary peaceful and restrained response had major ramifications for the subsequent history of Tibet.

    This portrait of him is treated with consummate precision, confidently achieving the folds of his robe in a style informed by the early Ming imperial style (cf. a 15th century bronze of Buddha sold at Bonhams, Hong Kong, 29 November 2016, lot 124). Meanwhile the lotus petals are broad, precise, and achieved in the round. Compare a closely related figure of Sonam Senge formerly in the Halpert Collection, published in Rochell, Faces of Tibet, New York, 2003, no. 32. Also see Christie's, New York, 15 September 2015, lot 91 for another inscribed figure.

    Published
    Portraits of the Masters, pp.245-6, no.64.

    Published & Exhibited
    Monasterios y Lamas del Tibet, p.198, no.157.

    Provenance
    Christie's, New York, 17 September 1997, lot 116
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A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
A COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF CHOGYAL PAKPA LODRO GYALTSEN TIBET, EARLY 15TH CENTURY
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