Second Abbot of Ngor monastery
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ABS 153

 Code: ABS 153

  Country: Tibet (central)


  Date: 1450 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 13.3 x 17.5 x 10.5

  Materials: Gilt silver

dKon-mchog rgyal-Mtshan (1388-1469)?
Second Abbot of Ngor monastery (1456-1461)?
Monk hollow cast in silver and partial gilt; mounted on a hollow cast gilt copper pedestal.
The monastic garments are decorated with engraved ornaments.
The face bottom of the pedestal is sealed with a plain sheet of copper (?).
The monk, identified by the inscription as dkon mchog rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po, is seated in the diamond attitude (vajraparyankasana) on a double lotus pedestal with beaded borders. He displays with the right hand the gesture of charity (varada mudra) and with the uplifted left hand the gesture of argumentation (vitarka mudra) and with the uplifted left hand a variation of the gesture of argumentation( vitarka mudra). He is clad with several layers of monastic garments (tricivara).
On the lower border of the lotus pedestal is a Tibetan inscription in dBu med script: I... pa chen po dkon rgyal mtsahan dpal bzang po la na moI. "obeisance to the great dKon mchog rgyal mtzan po". (U.v.S.)
dKon mchog rgyal mtshan bpal bzang po is possibly identical with dKon mchog rgyal mtshan (1388-1469), the 2nd abbot of Ngor (1456-1461?). However there are similarities with other teachers, such as kun dga 'bkra shis rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po (1388-1469) or short Kun bkras pa, an important Sa skya master (BSIT), Pls. 204F, 241B-C); dKon mchog rgya mtshan, the 1st abbot of Tshogs pa Bya rdzong (BA 500, 565, 1072): rGyal mtshan dpal (BA 509, 690, 896, 1017): or dKon mchog bzang po (BA 451, 1080?): etc.