Bönpo Master Lapsum Wangchuk
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ABS 139

 Code: ABS 139

  Country: Tibet (central)

  Style: Bonpo

  Date: 1400 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 13.4 x 20.4 x 9.3

  Materials: Brass


Sitting in meditation on a lotus base, this master in monastic robes performs the teaching gesture. On his head he wears the "lotus hat", composed of petals and long lappets on the sides, which identifies him as a Bönpo master. An inscription engraved on the edge of the base designates him as Lapsum Wangchuk of Menri, the largest Bön monastery in Tibet. This designation is a title that does not allow any inference as to the identity of this person. The eyes of the master are inlaid with silver, which lends life and depth to his gaze.

Bön is a pre-Buddhist religion in Tibet that was supplanted by Buddhism during the imperial period in the 9th century. Under the influence of Buddhism, Bön reorganised itself, and although its followers were persecuted for a long time, Bön still exists with its own beliefs and identity. Today, Bön is recognised by some as the fifth school of Tibetan Buddhism.