Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216)
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ABS 079

 Code: ABS 079

  Country: Tibet (south)


  Date: 1400 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 9.8 x 13.4 x 7.1

  Materials: Brass; inlaid with gold, silver, and copper

Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216)
This portrait represents the tantric master Drakpa Gyaltsen (1147-1216), third of the five patriarchs of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. Seated upon a lotus pedestal with his legs crossed in meditation, he holds the vajra and bell crossed before his chest in the manner of the primordial Buddha Vajradhara. His hair and beard are grey, and his face expresses kindness. He is richly dressed with heavy robes and a cloak beautifully adorned with cloud ornaments. The statue presents numerous silver and copper inlays highlighting the details (eyes, lips, hair, cloths’ rims…) testimony of the artist’s maestria. An inscription on the back of the pedestal reads: “Hail to the Venerable Drakpa Gyaltsen”.