|Origin Location||Eastern Tibet|
|Date Range||1900 - 1959|
|Material||Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton|
|Collection||Rubin Museum of Art|
|Catalogue #||acc.# F1998.3.4|
Gazing to the side with a furrowed brow, he has grey hair and wrinkles. The right hand holds extended across the right knee a gold vajra. The left in the lap in the mudra of meditation supports a white skullcup filled with blue nectar and a gold long-life vase crowned with a jewel and two horse heads. Wearing the orange and red patchwork robes of a monk - assembled from strips of discarded cloth, his lower body is wrapped with a dark red meditation cloak. Atop the head is the black vajra crown, a synthesis of the gift of the dakinis and the offering of Emperor Yung Lo to the 5th Karmapa Deshin Shegpa. Above a brocade cushion and ornate wooden throne adorned with wishing jewels he sits surrounded by blue-grey clouds, green foliage and flower blossoms.
In front, two tables, one above the other, support a damaru hand drum, a vajra handled bell and a golden container. Precious jewels of various colours bordered with elephant tusks are heaped in front on a flat open landscape. At the left, mountain streams descend from white capped peaks and billowing clouds.
Jeff Watt 6-99