Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tangtong Gyalpo

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 57383)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Buddhist
Size 13cm (5.12in) high
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Lay Person

Gender: Male

TBRC: P2778

Interpretation / Description

Tangtong Gyalpo, Tsondru Zangpo (1385/61-1464/85) typically appears as an old man with long white hair, a long white beard, and depicted in a seated posture. Sometimes he is shown with a very dark complexion - dark brown. There are no typical hand attributes for Tangtong Gyalpo, but, he sometimes holds a medicinal pill in the upraised right hand, or a link of chain in the right hand - extended across the knee. The left hand can hold a skullcup in the lap, a long-life vase, or a combination of the two. He is generally depicted in a very relaxed seated posture, the feet bare.

(See the Tangtong Gyalpo Main Page and the Tangtong Gyalpo Outline Page).

Jeff Watt 4-2011

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