Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Chogyal Pagpa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 8315)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya, Ngor (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Metal, Copper Inlay, Silver Inlay
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P1048

Interpretation / Description

Chogyal Pagpa (chos rgyal 'phags pa blo gros rgyal mtshan, 1235-1280 [P1048]). The sculpture was commissioned by Dorje Tsewang.

Sculpture of religious figures such as this were typically made in sets of lineage figures. For the Sakya tradition the most common sets were of the Lamdre (Hevajra) lineage, Chakrasamvara and other important Tantric systems of initiation and explication of practice. It was also a custom whenever the Lamdre was taught over several months to have a new set of paintings or sculpture prepared. Often it was not the gift of a single donor but rather each figure in the set would be sponsored by an individual or a family which accounts for the different donor names appearing on the same set of sculpture or paintings.

༄ །། འགྲོ་བའི་མགོན་པོ་ཆོས་རྒྱལ་འཕགས་པའི་ཞབས་ཀྱི་པདྨོ་ལ། བདག་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཚ་དབང་འཁོར་བཅས་ཕྱག་འཚལ་ཞིང་སྐྱབས་སུ་མཆིའོ། །དགེ་བ་འདི་ཡིས་ཕ་མས་གཙོ་བྱས་སེམས་ཅན་ཐམས་ཅད་མྱུར་ཏུ་སངྶ་རྒྱས་ཐོབ་པར་བྱིན་གྱིས་བརླབ་དུ་གསོལ།། མ་ངྒ་ལཾ།།

'To the lotus feet of the Lord of Beings Chogyal Pagpa, I Dorje Tsewang, along with attendants bow and go for refuge, by this virtue may [my] father [and] mother [along] with all beings quickly obtain the blessing of supreme enlightenment. Mangalam!'

Jeff Watt 2-2019

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