University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: A1437
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 18th Century
Early Date: 1700
Late Date: 1799
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper Alloy
Brass
Bronze
Gilt
Technique:Gilded
Iconography:Tsongkhapa
Lotus
Vajra
Dharmachakra Mudra
Credit Line:Purchased from George Lagai, Kny-Sheerer & Company, 1913
Other Number5 - Other Number

Description

This figure possibly depicts Tsongkhapa, founder of the dGe-lugs-pa sect (the Yellow Hats). His hands might have been held in the dharmacaka or preaching mudra, but the missing left hand prohibits confirmation. The lotus stalk at his right shoulder bears a vajra. The stalk to his left is broken.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914)View Objects in Exhibition
Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Gordon, George B. 1914. Some Art Objects from Tibet. The Museum Journal. Volume V (No. 1): 10-14. : Page/Fig./Plate: 10-14View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 35 No. 16View Objects cited in this Publication

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