Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sonam Gyaltsen

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 147)
Origin Location Central Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Ngor (Sakya)
Size 124.46x66.04cm (49x26in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment, Fine Gold Line on Cotton
Collection Shelley & Donald Rubin
Catalogue # acc.# P1995.11.8
Painting School Ngor
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Sonam Gyaltsen (1312-1375). A Sakya Lama of the Lamdre lineage surrounded by the lineage teachers of the Krishnacharya lineage of Chakrasamvara. (From a larger set of Lamdre Lineage teachers).

Biographical Details

Jeff Watt 9-2000


No. 147 /identification of retinue to be completed Identification: The Sakya master Ch?gyal Phakpa Lodr? Gyaltsen, 8th throne holder of Sakya (chos rgyal phags pa blo gros rgyal mtshan, 1235-1280), nephew of Sakya Pandita. Here represented with various deities, some of the 84 Mahasiddhas of India, and masters from the Sakya lineage.

I. Main figure a. Name: Ch?gyal Phakpa Lodr? Gyaltsen, 8th throne holder, (chos rgyal phags pa blo gros rgyal mtshan), nephew of Sakya Pandita: 1235-1280 b. Inscription i) Transliteration: ii) Translation:1 c. Descriptive or biographical notes

II. Surrounding figures: 1) Palden Tsultrim (dpal ldan tshul khrims) 2) bla ma rdo rje 'chang kun dga' bzang po. Possibly: Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (ngor chen kun dga' bzang po, 1382-1456/7), founder of Ngor Monastery 3) sangs rgyas rin chen 4) E wam dgog lha grub /*? check spelling 5) 'jam dpal dkar po, White Manjushri 6) rgyal mchog sing ha 7) rnam rgyal lha 8) dgog blos 9) ye shes rgyal mtshan. Could it be?? Sharchen Yeshe Gyaltsen (shar chen ye shes rgyal mtshan): ?- 1406 10) brag phug pa 11) phags mchog, could it be again Ch?gyal Phakpa? 12) Jetsun Trakpa Gyaltsen (rje btsun grags pa rgyal mtshan, 1147-1216), 5th throne holder, son of Kunga Nyingpo 13) Sa chen Kunga Nyingpo, 3rd throne holder, son of Konchog Gyalpo (sa chen kun dga' snying po, 1092-1158) 14) *? 15) *? 16) blo bstan pa 17) dpal ldan 18) Sakya Pandita (sa skya pan di ta kun dga' rgyal mtshan, 1182-1251), 6th throne holder, grand son of Kunga Nyingpo. 19) Sonam Tsemo (bsod nams rtse mo, 1142-1182), 4th throne holder, son of Kunga Nyingpo. 20) check reading, it is not naropa M. Ricard 12-97

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