Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Karmapa 6, Tongwa Donden

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 559)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Karma (Kagyu)
Size 88.90x62.23cm (35x24.50in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.39.2
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P1006

Interpretation / Description

Tongwa Donden, the 6th Karmapa (1416-1453) and Jampal Zangpo. Karmapa with the hands held to the heart performs the mudra (gesture) of teaching, and the head adorned with the black vajra hat. The deity Prajnaparamita, orange in colour, sits between the two lamas, with numerous buddhas above and lineage teachers below.

Kar ma pa Biographical Details

Jeff Watt 9-2000

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