Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - (unidentified, male, monastic)

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 8101)
Origin Location Mongolia
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

This image is not conclusively identified. It is possible it is an image of Taranata (1575-1635), or Zanabazar Yeshe Dorje (1635–1723). A suggestion of Tsongkapa has been offered but that would be very unusual to find Tsongkapa holding a vajra and bell in the embracing gesture, especially without the standard attributes of the sword and book. In the set of block print life story compositions depicting Tsongkapa there is a single instance of him with the sword and book as well as holding a vajra, bell and drum in the embracing gesture. (See example). Another composition from the same set of prints depicts the sword and book along with the vajra and bell held in a teaching gesture. (See example).

Jeff Watt 6-2019

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