Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651) – Unifier of Bhutan
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ABS 309

 Code: ABS 309

  Country: Bhutan


  Date: 1600 - 1650

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 12.6 x 16 x 10.3

  Materials: Gilt copper

Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651) – Unifier of Bhutan 

Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal was an important religious and political master, unifier and first ruler of Bhutan. He is recognisable by his long, pointed beard and the meditation hat typical of his school (Drukpa Kagyü). He sits in the semi-lotus posture on a throne made of stylised lotus petals. His upper body is naked, and a meditation belt encloses his chest as a symbol of his mastery of yoga and ascetic practices. His right hand rests on his knee in the gesture of touching the earth, and his left hand holds a vessel of immortality, the sign of his realisation of the practices of longevity.