Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Karmapa 2, Karma Pakshi

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 54378)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1800 - 1899
Lineages Kagyu, Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Field Museum of Natural History
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P1487

Interpretation / Description

Karma Pakshi, the 2nd Karmapa (1206-1283): teacher to the Mongol emperor of China and the first generally acknowledged incarnate lama of Tibet.

Kar ma pa Biographical Details

Karma Pakshi is dark in colour (as described in the biographical texts) with one face and two hands. He has a thin mustache and a black goatee protruding beneath the chin. Atop the head is the famous black hat of the Karmapas. The two arms are extended forward with the hands over the knees in the 'earth touching' gesture as is typical of Karma Pakshi - following the iconographic model of Marpa Chokyi Lodro - the founder of the Kagyu Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. With the legs in vajra posture, seated atop a blue mat and an ornate chair of Chinese design, he sits in the foreground of a green landscape.

At the top right and left are two figures wearing monastic robes and the red teaching hats of the Kagyu tradition.

Jeff Watt, 2-2010

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