Unidentified Kagyü monastic master
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Orientation 2
Display 4

ABS 111

 Code: ABS 111

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1400 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 8.2 x 10.8 x 5.5

  Materials: Brass

Unidentified Kagyü Master

The master is seated in meditation posture on a lotus throne covered with an antelope skin. With his right hand he touches the earth, while his left hand rests in his lap in the gesture of contemplation. He is wrapped in a shawl, probably of cotton, and wears the bone ornaments of the yogis and a meditation belt across his chest. These attributes symbolise his ascetic practice. The pommel of his ritual dagger protrudes from his belt. While smiling, he keeps his eyes wide open. His head is covered with the meditation hat typical of the Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism. Unfortunately, as there is no inscription, therefor his identity cannot be established. The statue is inlaid with copper on the belt and the lips. The silver inlays in the eyes lend power and life to his gaze.